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  • Iranian denies plan to attack Israeli embassy in Azerbaijan

    November 21, 2013 | 11:29 am

    An Iranian man arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on the Israeli embassy in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan denies the allegation, an Iranian diplomat said on Thursday.

    Hassan Faraji, 31, is the latest in a number of Iranians to be accused of criminal plots in...

  • Putin: First Soviet government was mostly Jewish

    June 19, 2013 | 10:17 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that at least 80 percent of the members of the first Soviet government were Jewish.

    “I thought about something just now: The decision to nationalize this library was made by the first Soviet government, whose composition was 80-85 percent...

  • Sharansky wins second term as head of Jewish Agency

    February 19, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    Natan Sharansky was elected to a second term as chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

    Sharansky won four more years in the vote Tuesday by the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, which is meeting in Jerusalem.

    A day earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Vladimir Lenin was part Jewish, according to declassified KGB files

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 14, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    Soviet Communist leader Vladimir Lenin was part Jewish, TIME.com says.

    A recently opened exhibition in Moscow’s State Historical Museum is shedding some light on a long-guarded Russian secret: the origins of Soviet founding father Vladimir Lenin. Lenin’s maternal grandfather, the...

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  • A Soviet Passover…

    By Julia Bendis

    April 18, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    How do you prepare for Passover when the rest of the world doesn’t stop to observe it?  When the rest of the world takes a break for Christian holidays, and people have time to cook and prepare for a religious celebration, do they realize how much it sucks to be a Jew, a Muslim or...

  • Everyone is Suddenly Irish on March 17th!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 18, 2011 | 11:33 am

    Why does everyone become Irish on St. Patrick’s day?  Even the Jews.  When has it become a good thing for Jews to start drinking?  Have you ever seen Jewish people drink?  No, that’s because most of us can’t hold down our liquor, and its not pretty.

    I am definitely the “drinker” in...

  • Chicken nuggets vs. my kids school lunches, Oye Vay…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 11, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Today my 11-year-old son, Tyler shared a very interesting conversation that he had with his classmates.  It started during lunch time when he pulled out a peanut butter with bananas, and honey sandwich on whole grain bread.  After Tyler was done with it, he pulled out carrots,...

  • Joys of growing up in Communist Soviet Union, and other tales of my Family.

    By Julia Bendis

    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    -While my husband, growing up in Ohio got to go on potato chip factory field trips, my brother and I got to go on Concentration Camp field trips.  Look up Salaspils in Latvia.

    -When most kids got to play with Barbies, toy trucks and teddy bears, I got to play with syringes, which my...

  • How Poor Jews Come to America, meaning my parents!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 15, 2010 | 3:22 pm

    Many people ask me what we brought with us to America, when we immigrated here in 1989.

    Well… Most Russians brought over money and diamonds.  Since we were neither smart or rich, this is literally what we had in our suitcases:

    Someone had told my parents that in order NOT to...

  • Nixon’s allegation that the Jews have no pride

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 13, 2010 | 12:45 pm

    On a fresh crop of newly released Nixon tapes, the President, who disliked Jews but helped rescue Israel during the Yom Kippur War, says of his senior Jewish advisers Henry Kissinger, William Safire, and others that they shared a common Jewish inferiority complex and worked hard to...

  • Kennedy seen as giant on domestic issues, Soviet Jewry

    August 26, 2009 | 1:26 pm

    U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is being remembered in the Jewish community for his huge impact on domestic issues such as education and health care, but also as a giant in the Soviet Jewry movement.

    Kennedy “was one of the earliest, strongest champions on behalf of Soviet...

  • Jews laud Boris Yeltsin’s legacy

    By Lev Krichevsky

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first popularly elected president, made a lasting impact on Russian Jewry, though his legacy included its share of controversy and tragic failures.

    Russian Jewish leaders agree that the community should remember Yeltsin, who died Monday at age 76, primarily...
  • A World Away

    By Tom Tugend

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks suddenly put Afghanistan in the headlines and people searched their atlases for the bordering countries of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, Dr. Robert J. Meth had the answers.

    He not only knew where the three former Soviet republics were...

  • Hollywood and the Holocaust

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    One wet night 15 years after the end of World War II, in the student union of my university in Northern Ireland, I watched a documentary film made up of home movies taken by Soviet troops at the liberation of the concentration camps. Unlike some similar Allied footage, the Soviets,...

  • Lighten Up

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    With the demise of the former Soviet Union and the fall of communism in the early '90s, the story of Soviet Jewry's battle for survival appears to be ancient history. Yet one of the truly remarkable books of our time is the autobiography of one of the famous refuseniks, Yosef...

  • Two In Brief

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    On July 18, 1947, Dr. Ruth Gruber stood on a wharf in Haifa and watched the battered ship Exodus inch into the harbor. The ship had been rammed by British warships determined to keep the 4,554 Holocaust survivors aboard from reaching Palestine.

    Previously, Gruber was the only...

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