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  • How to avoid meteors

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 18, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    NASA scientists say that meteor explosions like the one last week injuring 1,200 people in Chelyabinsk, Siberia, are 100-year events. The last time a big meteor crashed into our planet, incinerating 80 million trees in the Tunguska region of Siberia, was in 1908. So if you’re...

  • Synagogue in Siberia damaged by meteorite

    February 15, 2013 | 10:10 am

    A synagogue in Siberia was lightly damaged by a meteorite that fell nearby.

    On Friday, Rabbi Yechiel Michel Levitin, director of the Or Avner Jewish day school in Chelyabinsk, a city located 1,000 miles east of Moscow, was quoted by an Israeli website as saying congregants heard...

  • Can Natan Sharansky fix the Western Wall?

    January 7, 2013 | 11:42 am

    He brought unprecedented attention to the plight of Soviet Jewry. He stood up to the KGB. He survived nine years in Siberia. He served in Israel’s fractious government.

    Now, Natan Sharansky is facing his next challenge: finding a solution to the growing battle over women’s prayer...

  • Rabbinic students bring rite of passage to Siberian teens

    August 23, 2011 | 6:24 pm

    Imagine discussing Torah and the finer points of theology near the top of the world as the day fades away into an 11 p.m. sunset. Imagine bestowing a Hebrew name on a teenager — or an adult — who doesn’t speak a word of English, but who has traveled up to 27 hours by train to...

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  • Siberian mikvah is dedicated

    June 29, 2011 | 11:07 am

    A new mikvah to replace one destroyed by the Soviets was dedicated in the Siberian community of Tomsk, Russia.

    The dedication of the ritual bath last week came just months after the grand reopening of Tomsk’s historic Choral Synagogue and its Rohr Sanctuary and Jewish Community...

  • First Person - Granny and Sharansky

    By Nell Scovell

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When my friends Cami and Howard Gordon invited me to an informal dinner with guest speaker Natan Sharansky at their Pacific

    Palisades home, my first thought was, "Oh, good, I get to see their new house."

    It just seemed slightly more interesting than Sharansky's topic: the Caravan...

  • To Simcha, With Love

    By Gaby Friedman

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The very word Siberia evokes a cold, distant place -- it's so, well, Soviet. But Siberia just got a little warmer and a little more Jewish because of San Fernando Valley resident Elaine Berke, who arranged for the b'nai mitzvah of 61 Siberian Jews ranging in age from 12 to 26.

    The...

  • Haven of Refuge

    By Nathan Ezra

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For centuries, most people have viewed Siberia as a dreaded prison of frozen tundra, the closest cold spot on earth to the gloom of purgatory.

    But for the Jews of Asia and Europe, Siberia has represented something far more attractive: a great escape. The targets of deadly...