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  • Oh Sarah Palin, what nonsense fell out of your mouth now…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 7, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Before I start, I’d just like to acknowledge that apparently, or should I say allegedly Sarah Palin’s knowledge of American history came from her misguided ten-year-old daughter.  That or she was raised by wolves in the forest.  That is the only explanation that I could find to her...

  • 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...

  • It’s a Wonderful Life… in Florida…

    By Julia Bendis

    February 22, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    In the last six years, I along with my husband and kids have lived in many different cities.  In part its due to my husband’s profession; having been in the entertainment field for over 20 years, its just a way of life.  Moving away from Orange County a few years ago was the hardest...

  • 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...

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  • I speak Latin, therefore I speak English

    By Julia Bendis

    January 26, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Seeing an older lady at the grocery store today reminded me of my own Grandmother.  She came to the U.S. a few years after we did.  At 70 years old, she was eager to learn the culture, to try everything new, and to live the American dream.  My Grandmother had lived through the...

  • Not a Ralphs fan in the least

    By Julia Bendis

    December 27, 2010 | 12:09 pm

    Being a wife, a mother and a woman in general, you find yourself at a grocery store quite a bit.  I also find myself quite a bit pissed off when I am there.  I really thought that America was all about business, and customer service, and giving really good customer service.  I guess...

  • 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...

  • Kissinger: Gassing Jews would not be a U.S. problem

    December 12, 2010 | 10:55 pm

    Henry Kissinger is heard saying on newly released Nixon tapes that the genocide of Soviet Jews would not be an American concern.

    The tapes chronicle President Richard Nixon’s obsession with disparaging Jews and other minorities.

    Kissinger’s remarks come after a meeting he and Nixon...

  • Not Your American Summer Camp…

    By Julia Bendis

    December 1, 2010 | 1:46 pm

    When school was ending last year, I started looking for summer camps for my kids.  As I started looking, they started whining…  What kid complains about going to camp?  Not only complains, but begs not to be sent to one?

    That’s when I decided that it was time to sit my kids down,...

  • NCSJ: Rescind Jackson-Vanik for Russia

    April 30, 2010 | 9:38 am

    A group that advocates for Jews in the former Soviet Union endorsed efforts to lift restrictions on Russia’s trade with the United States.

    Former Soviet states are still subject to review under standards established by the 1974 Jackson-Vanik amendment, which linked trade status to...

  • U.S. court rules for Chabad

    June 20, 2008 | 2:28 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—A U.S. appeals court ruled that a decades-old struggle between Chabad-Lubavitch and the Russian government over a seminal Lubavitch archive can proceed in the American courts.

    For decades, Chabad has appealed to the Soviet and later Russian governments to return the...

  • ‘Non-Jewish’ Jews endure challenges living in Israel

    By Dina Kraft

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In Israel, the "non-Jewish Jews," as some Israelis call them, are everywhere. They drive buses, teach university classes, patrol in army jeeps and follow the latest Israeli reality TV shows as avidly as their Jewish counterparts.

    For these people -- mostly immigrants from the former...

  • Soviet Jewry movement marks two milestones

    By Ed Robin

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah celebrates the triumph of our forefathers who sought religious freedom. To commemorate the holiday, President Bush hosted Jews from around the world who had

    experienced religious persecution, including several former refuseniks, to celebrate religious freedom. The following...

  • Impact of Soviet Jewry drive still resonates in U.S. today

    By Sue Fishkoff

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer.

    The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grass-roots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped...

  • Unearthing mass graves in Ukraine unveils history

    By Michael J. Jordan

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In May, Ukrainian workers laying a gas pipe in a southern village dug into a buried chamber of thousands of Jews killed during the Holocaust.

    That same month, a construction crew building a new office complex in western Ukraine burrowed into the corpses of several dozen more Jews....

  • 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...
  • Same-sex unions roil Jews in former Soviet Union

    By Vladimir Matveyev

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The resignation of a longtime leader of one of the largest Reform congregations in Ukraine has thrown the spotlight on a bitter controversy over homosexuality within the post-Soviet Reform movement.
     
    Boris Kapustin, 70, founder and chairman of the Reform congregation in the Crimean...
  • The Subbotniks: an Armenian community on the fringe of extinction

    By Yasha Levine

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A community of rural residents in the former Soviet Union, descended from Russian peasants who converted to Judaism two centuries ago, may soon be consigned to the dustbin of history.
     
    Mikhail Zharkov, the 76-year-old leader of Armenia's tiny Subbotnik community, said only 13 of...
  • Chabad Sues Russia to Recover Texts

    By Lisa Daftari

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In a continuing effort to recover an archive of century-old original manuscripts and texts left behind in the former Soviet Union in the early 20th century, Chabad is taking the Russian Federation to the International Court of Law.

    A Santa Monica-based law firm has filed suit on...

  • Your Letters

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rebirth in Russia

    Marc Ballon's article, "Kazan's Residents: 'Jewish and Proud'" (Aug. 6), while generously covering the important work of Chabad in the former Soviet Union, left out another major influence on Jewish life in that region -- Reform or Progressive Judaism.

    Today, the...

  • Reaganesque

    By Rob Eshman

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Now, every American politician is going to try say Ronald Reagan's shoes fit him or her the best. But --surprise, surprise -- the man who most easily slips into the late American president's shoes these days is not an American, but an Israeli.

    The onslaught of coverage following...

  • A Miracle Behind Bars

    By Harry Langsam

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dark clouds covered the European skies, threatening the children of Israel in the fall of 1939. The Nazis had tightened their grip over Eastern Europe and, as it often happens, nature acted with unfriendliness toward the oppressed. A cold winter came upon us -- the refugees -- after...

  • Dosvedanya, Shalom, Guten Tag

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Misha Zilbermint was 11 years old, he was stunned to learn from his parents that he was Jewish. Growing up in the former Soviet Union, Jews, such as the Zilbermint family, could not openly embrace their religion or culture.

    "In the Soviet Union, everyone was the same," recalls...

  • From Russia with Love

    By Mike Levy

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Russian-speaking Jewish community in Los Angeles has come together for Israel in ways community leaders could not have imagined even a year ago.

    Though the Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union have always been outspoken in their love for the Jewish state, a variety of...

  • The New Melones Murders

    By Si Frumkin

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The New Melones Lake, a reservoir near the city of Modesto, is in a quiet, rural area in central California. The reservoir resembles a river more than a lake as it winds its way among the hills of Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.

    The reservoir is a popular fishing area, but in the...

  • From Russia, With Gold

    By Avi Machlis

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Athletes from the former Soviet Union have transformed the Israeli Olympics sports scene. About one-third of the Israeli team in the upcoming Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia - and five of the six strongest Israeli contenders - are originally from the former Soviet Union.

    The team,...

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