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  • Russian Jews Urge Netanyahu to Ignore U.S. Jews' Call for Ceding Land

    04/09/2013 10:17:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Baltimore Jewish Life ^ | 4/9/13 | staff
    One hundred Russian Jewish notables urged Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore recent pleas by American Jews calling on the Israeli prime minister to cede land for peace. In an open letter from Russia published Tuesday, the Russian Jews wrote that their message was a reaction to the April 3 letter initiated by the dovish Israel Policy Forum by 100 American Jews, including philanthropists Charles Bronfman, Danny Abraham, Lester Crown and Stanley Gold, and former U.S. Undersecretary of Defense Dov Zakheim. Among the signers of the Russian letter were the president of the Russian Jewish Congress, Yuri Kanner, and businessman Mikhail Fridman,...
  • Vladimir Lenin Was Part Jewish, Say Declassified KGB Files

    06/14/2011 4:17:18 PM PDT · by decimon · 27 replies
    Time ^ | June 14, 2011 | EMMANUEL GRYNSZPAN
    his post is in partnership with Worldcrunch, a new global-news site that translates stories of note in foreign languages into English. The article below was originally published in Le Temps. (MOSCOW) - 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 exhibition revealed, was born Jewish. This fascinating morsel of information, gleaned from declassified KGB files, is not a minor detail in a country where anti-Semitism was a recognized state doctrine for decades. Starting in the 1930s, the Soviet...
  • Rabbis' expulsion worries Russia's Jews

    03/17/2009 3:53:48 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 4 replies · 494+ views
    LATimes ^ | 3/17/09 | Megan Stack
    Reporting from Moscow -- Two and a half years ago, a young Orthodox rabbi from New York set down in the port city of Vladivostok, family in tow. Yisroel Silberstein came with a mission, and he expected to stay for good. Out on Russia's rough and tumble eastern frontier, Silberstein set out to revive a Jewish life that, he says, had almost disappeared. He reached out to several thousand local Jews, organizing services, holiday parties and a summer camp where children learned about Judaism and swam in the Sea of Japan.
  • Police: Israeli neo-Nazi ring busted

    09/09/2007 5:37:32 AM PDT · by JadeEmperor · 10 replies · 218+ views
    JERUSALEM - In a case that would seem unthinkable in the Jewish state, police said Sunday they have cracked a cell of young Israeli neo-Nazis accused in a string of attacks on foreign workers, religious Jews, drug addicts and gays. Eight immigrants from the former Soviet Union have been arrested in recent days in connection with at least 15 attacks, and a ninth fled the country, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, in the first such known cell to be discovered in Israel.
  • Second thoughts about the Promised Land (Jews leaving Israel)

    01/20/2007 7:45:58 PM PST · by JadeEmperor · 34 replies · 1,134+ views
    These days, even Jews who have never been to a synagogue are happy to assert that separateness: they are rossiiskiye, Russian citizens, but not russkiye, “Russians”. As many as 100,000 Russian-Israelis have gone back to Russia, says Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz, the director of the Lubavitch-run Federation of Jewish Communities, one of Russia's two main (and rival) umbrella groups. In a fast-growing market with a population over 20 times the size of Israel's, they often get better work. Today, a Russian Jew in Moscow will be more expensively dressed than his cousin in Tel Aviv: a big reversal from ten years...
  • Russian attacker blames Internet in synagogue assault retrial

    08/29/2006 2:00:38 PM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 121+ views
    EJPress ^ | 8-29-06
    Alexander Koptsev, who was found guilty in March of attempted murder motivated by ethnic hatred in a January knife attack at Moscow's Choral Synagogue MOSCOW (EJP)--- A 21-year-old Russian man who stabbed nine people in a Moscow synagogue said at his retrial Thursday that he had been "zombified" by anti-Semitic literature he had read online, Russian news agency ITAR TASS reported. "You can say that I was zombified by ideas I read on the Internet," said Alexander Koptsev, who was found guilty in March of attempted murder motivated by ethnic hatred in a January knife attack at Moscow’s Choral Synagogue....
  • A Tricky Set of Steps (Israeli movie about Russian Immigrants)

    06/27/2006 2:22:42 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 4 replies · 202+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | June 23, 2006 | Anna Malpas
    When Israeli director Eitan Anner attended a wedding a few years ago, he saw two Russian children ballroom-dancing. Impressed by the serious way in which they tackled the cha-cha and the rumba, he got the spark of an idea for a film about Israel's immigrant community. That film, whose English title is "Love&Dance," is taking part in the main competition of this year's Moscow International Film Festival, and the director is coming for the premiere. "I wouldn't miss it for the world," he said by telephone from Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Starring a 13-year-old actor who was born in Russia,...
  • Jewish organizations in Russia hold talks on coordination of their efforts

    03/02/2006 8:53:26 AM PST · by x5452 · 4 replies · 92+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 02 March 2006, 17:50
    02 March 2006, 17:50 Two major Jewish organizations in Russia hold talks on coordination of their efforts Moscow, March 2, Interfax - The Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia (FJCR) and the Congress of Jewish Religious Organizations and Associations in Russia (CJROAR) are holding talks on coordination of their work, representatives of both structures have informed Interfax on Thursday. In mid-February, the FJRC Chairman Alexander Boroda sent a letter to the CJROAR proposing to merge into one organization to become legally and actually the only representative of orthodox Judaism in Russia. ‘According to this plan, each side is to contribute...
  • After the attack on the synagogue the number of Russians who condemn anti-semites has grown - poll

    01/28/2006 12:41:47 AM PST · by jb6 · 5 replies · 264+ views
    Interfax ^ | 27 January 2006
    Moscow, January 27, Interfax - The number of Russian who condemn anti-semitism has increased by almost 10% for the last year. According to the Obschestvennoye Mnenie (Public Opinion) Foundation data published on Friday, its poll concerning the recent attack on the Moscow synagogue has shown that the proportion of Russians who have negative attitude to anti-Semites has increased from 34 to 42%, while the proportion of those who claim to be indifferent to them has decreased from 47 to 38%. The distrust and dislike of the Jews, according to the poll, was stated by 7% of the respondents, while only...
  • Public Chamber members propose to ban The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Russia

    01/28/2006 12:40:26 AM PST · by jb6 · 4 replies · 329+ views
    Interfax ^ | 27 January 2006
    Moscow, January 27, Interfax - Members of Russia's Public Chamber and human rights activists have proposed that a list be compiled of extremist literature whose dissemination should be formally banned. According to the report of an Interfax correspondent, together with Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, they considered the proposed amendments enhancing the criminal and administrative responsibility for extremist activity at a round-table conference in Moscow. ‘The most productive result of today's discussion was the unity of opinion on the need for a list of extremist literature,’ Genry Reznik, a well-known...
  • Russia's chief rabbi calls to pray for Sharon

    01/09/2006 3:50:07 PM PST · by jb6 · 4 replies · 190+ views
    Interfax ^ | 09 January 2006,
    Moscow, January 9, Interfax - Russia's chief rabbi Berel Lazar has urged Jews to pray for the health of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "Jews have a custom that if a person falls badly ill, especially if this person is between life and death, all his friends go to the synagogue and pray to God to grant full recovery to this person. Even if doctors see no hope, we still ask the Almighty to make a miracle and return the sick man to full life," a Monday message of the rabbi states. The message says Jews in Russia have especially...
  • Hanukkah in Russia (religious symbols on state property, call the ACLU errr the RCLU)

    12/28/2005 10:01:40 PM PST · by jb6 · 3 replies · 299+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 28/ 12/ 2005 | Marianna Belenkaya
    MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political observer Marianna Belenkaya.) -- Even now, representatives of all Jewish organizations celebrating Hanukkah in Moscow are unanimous in saying that the real miracle is that Russia has this holiday. Only fifteen years ago no one would have believed it possible to openly celebrate Jewish holidays in this country. The Jewish community in Russia today is a living proof that miracles did not happen only in ancient times and can occur even today. For several successive years, a hanukiah, or a nine-candle menorah, has been placed in the heart of Moscow, in Manezh Square near the Kremlin....
  • Moscow Greets Chanukah by Lighting Giant Menorah Near the Kremlin

    12/25/2005 7:59:20 AM PST · by Alouette · 6 replies · 544+ views
    FJC.ru ^ | Dec. 25, 2005
    MOSCOW, Russia – Chanukah celebrations get underway in Moscow on the evening of Sunday, December 25th at 4:30 PM. At that time, Manezhnaya Square, located just opposite the Kremlin, will feature the lighting of a giant 24-foot Menorah, ushering in the holiday in Russia. The Menorah lighting ceremony will be graced by the presence of Moscow Mayor Yuri Lushkov, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar and Federation of Jewish Communities President Lev Leviev, along with other celebrities, dignitaries and hundreds of Moscow Jews. The Menorah lighting will be followed by a festive Chanukah concert, which has already been sold out,...
  • The Fallen Sukkos of Russian Jewry Rise Again

    10/20/2005 1:47:01 PM PDT · by Alouette · 7 replies · 378+ views
    FJC.ru ^ | Oct. 20, 2005 | Avraham Berkowitz
    Russia - After 70 years of Communism, building a Sukkah in public in Russia is actually like the thawing of the snow at the end of the winter. Even in the farthest reaches of Siberia it warms the Jewish heart. In the last 15 years, Judaism has come to life across Russia—and when it comes to Sukkos it is really a open miracle, since this holiday was almost completely forgotten because of the dangers and risks of attempting to put up a Sukkah or obtain a Lulav and esrog. To understand how Sukkah is celebrated today in Russia, and not...
  • Major Jewish Educational Complex to Open in Moscow

    10/09/2005 8:59:17 AM PDT · by Alouette · 6 replies · 246+ views
    FJC.ru ^ | Oct. 9, 2005
    MOSCOW, Russia – A new major Jewish educational complex has been constructed adjacent to the Jewish Community Center in the Marina Roscha district of Moscow. The 6,000 square meter school building and complex will mark its grand opening this Sunday, October 9th. This will be a historic event since this constitutes the newly-constructed Jewish day school in Russia to be inaugurated since prior to the revolution in 1917. This building will house an Ohr Avner Chabad Day School for over 300 children, as well as serving as an educational center for extra-curricular programs, to be held after school hours, for...
  • New US Ambassador Meets with Chief Rabbi of Russia

    10/01/2005 6:16:04 PM PDT · by Alouette · 5 replies · 294+ views
    FJC.ru ^ | Sept. 30, 2005
    MOSCOW, Russia – The new U.S. Ambassador to Russia, William Burns, met with Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar on Tuesday at the Marina Roscha Jewish Community Center in Moscow. Also participating in the meeting were Amy Scanlon, the second secretary of the US embassy, and Avraham Berkowitz, Executive Director of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS. Rabbi Lazar took this opportunity to get acquainted with Ambassador Burns and to familiarize him with the needs of the Jewish community in Russia. The Chief Rabbi also told the diplomats about the extraordinary revival of Jewish life across the country...
  • Russia’s chief rabbi predicts the imminent coming of a Messiah

    08/12/2005 9:49:49 AM PDT · by jb6 · 118 replies · 2,486+ views
    Interfax ^ | 09 August 2005
    Moscow, August 9, Interfax - Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar believes the Earth will soon see the coming a Messiah to reward everyone according to his deserts. ‘We know that he (Messiah - IF) is very near at hand, but he needs not only to be born but also to come. The Messiah may well have been born already, but unless he is ordered by God he cannot reveal himself with God’s help and change the world for the better’, the rabbi said in an interview published by the Gazeta daily on Tuesday. Lazar explained this assumptions about the imminent...
  • Anti-Semitism doomed to remain marginal in Russia

    08/10/2005 8:47:56 AM PDT · by jb6 · 23 replies · 331+ views
    MOSCOW, Russia - How significant have been for the country the appeals the opponents of Jewish organizations have sent one after another to the Procurator's Office in the recent months? How has Russia changed in the eyes of Jews living both inside and outside Russia? These and other questions are treated in his interview to Interfax-Religion by one of the direct participants in and witnesses to the revival of Jewish life, Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar. - Why did you choose Russia to work in? Was it difficult to get used to life in a new country? In your opinion,...
  • Russia's Jewish Leaders Say Authorities Failing to Respond to Anti-Semitism, Xenophobia

    07/13/2005 12:34:21 PM PDT · by Wiz · 10 replies · 324+ views
    Associated Press via UCSJ ^ | 2005 Jul 12 | Maria Danilova
    Jewish leaders in Russia said Tuesday that anti-Semitism and xenophobia were persistent in Russian society and they criticized law enforcement officials for not doing more to punish nationalist crimes. Borukh Gorin, spokesman for the Federation of Russia's Jewish Organizations, said an investigation by prosecutors into whether an ancient Jewish religious text was inciting religious hatred "was a sign of a serious illness of our society." Last week, prosecutors dropped the inquiry into whether the Russian translation of a 19th century summary of Jewish religious laws called Kitsur Shulhan Arukh provoked religious hatred. The inquiry had been prompted by a complaint...
  • A Jewish Revival in Russia’s Far East

    08/06/2005 7:37:12 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 5 replies · 354+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/6/05 | David Holley
    The pioneers came in the late 1920s, lured to the uninhabited Siberian forests and mosquito-infested swamps by a mixture of communist ideological fervor and their dream of a Jewish homeland. They pitched tents and planted farms. They were followed by thousands of others -- cobblers and barbers, haberdashers and milliners -- fleeing famine and the Nazis, hoping somehow to make a better life. Josef Stalin encouraged settlers in the Jewish Autonomous Region to develop a community that would keep alive traditions such as the Yiddish language and Jewish songs and dances. But the religion itself -- synagogues, holidays, formal worship...
  • Record Number for Bar and Bat Mitzvah in Russia's Northern Capital

    06/27/2005 10:59:56 PM PDT · by jb6 · 4 replies · 235+ views
    S.PETERSBURG, Russia – A massive event was held in the Great Choral Synagogue of S. Petersburg to mark the Bar and Bat Mitzva of more than 100 boys and girls. Some of these adolescents attend Jewish schools, while many attend secular municipal schools. Some of the participants also came forward to participate in the ceremony through their contact with Jewish family centers. This is the final stage of a broad Bar Mitzva project supported by 'Beit Chabad' and involving most of the Jewish organizations operating in the city. This event was even grander than last year's record attendance, when 70...
  • Last Bell Signifies Fresh Start for Rostov Jewish Youth

    06/27/2005 10:58:53 PM PDT · by jb6 · 194+ views
    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia – Students attending the Ohr Avner Chabad Day School in Rostov-on-Don attended a festive event held to mark the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation. High school graduates are finally facing the beginning of adulthood and the need to choose their way in life. Their next-to-final exams and university entry examinations have demonstrated their high level of knowledge. For every year since the Jewish day school has been producing graduates, they have become students of the most prestigious universities and academies, many having received gold and silver medals for their outstanding academic achievements....
  • Group Bat Mitzva Celebrated in Southern Russian Community

    06/27/2005 10:57:01 PM PDT · by jb6 · 134+ views
    Federation of Jewish Communities ^ | Thursday, June 16 2005
    SAMARA, Russia – The Jewish Community of Samara has celebrated the coming of age for numerous Jewish children, each of whom are students at the city's Ohr Avner Chabad Day School. Masha Krayeva, Anya Chernyagina, Lana Vaksman and Yana Melikhova were very happy to welcome their friends, teachers, parents and the city's Chief Rabbi, Shlomo Deutch and his wife Dina, to their long-awaited Bat Mitzva. These young Jewish ladies delivered the opening words at this festivity, each giving a brief speech about the duties that a Jewish girl must take on upon experiencing her Bat Mitzva. The schoolchildren easily found...
  • Southern Russia to Get New Jewish Autonomy

    06/27/2005 10:50:59 PM PDT · by jb6 · 3 replies · 218+ views
    Federation of Jewish Communities ^ | Monday, June 20 2005
    ARMAVIR, Russia – This week, the Federal Registration Department for Krasnodarsk Region approved the mandate and code of a newly-formed Jewish National Cultural Autonomy, initiated by the Jewish community of Armavir to represent the greater interests of Jewish communities existing in the Kuban Region of Russia. In an initiative overseen by the Chief Rabbi of Krasnodar, Shneur Segal, this move was fully supported by the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, to which the Armavir Jewish community is a member. According to the Chairman of the Jewish community of Armavir, the main goal of this National Cultural Autonomy is to...
  • Rabbi Berel Lazar (Chief Rabbi of Russia, bio)

    06/27/2005 10:45:44 PM PDT · by jb6 · 5 replies · 344+ views
    Because of his efforts on behalf of the Jewish community, Rabbi Lazar was designated by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, to devote his career to living and working in Russia. In 1990, Rabbi Lazar became head of the Marina Roscha Synagogue in Moscow. In one of the most lamentable acts of post-Soviet anti-Semitism, Marina Roscha was firebombed and nearly destroyed in December 1993. In the face of daunting odds and widespread fear, Rabbi Lazar vowed to rebuild the community. As a fulfillment of this promise, Rabbi Lazar, together with Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yisroel Lau and the Mayor...
  • Jewish Veterans, Leaders at WWII Commemorations in Russia's Urals

    06/27/2005 10:39:51 PM PDT · by jb6 · 2 replies · 186+ views
    Federation of Jewish Communities ^ | Friday, June 24 2005
    YEKATERINBURG, Russia – Veterans of the Great Patriotic War belonging to the Jewish Association of War Veterans gathered in the Yekaterinburg Synagogue to mark the Day of Memory and Grief, when Hitler's Army attacked Russia 64 years ago, the date when Russia was thrust into World War Two. The veterans crowded in the café run by the Jewish Community Center in order to recall friends who had fallen victim to the war. The Chairman of the Veterans' Association, Vladimir Raputov, gave a brief report of those horrifying years, when people were no longer able to wake up happy. Jews, as...
  • Once desperate to leave, now Jews are returning to Russia, land of opportunity

    06/27/2005 10:38:24 PM PDT · by jb6 · 3 replies · 424+ views
    Federation of Jewish Communities ^ | Monday, May 2 2005 | Jeremy Page
    By Times Online Jeremy Page MOSCOW, Russia - Looking out from his sixteenth-floor office in a Moscow skyscraper, Arsen Revazov can hardly believe that this is a country where it was once illegal to learn Hebrew or celebrate Passover. He emigrated to Israel 15 years ago — one of a million Jews who fled the Soviet Union to escape institutionalised anti-Semitism and economic stagnation. But today he is back in Moscow — with his wife and two children — living an openly Jewish life and running an advertising business. “I just realised that there were so many more opportunities in...
  • Russia probing whether Jewish law constitutes incitement ["first time since Stalin's regime"]

    06/27/2005 12:22:33 AM PDT · by familyop · 76 replies · 1,390+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 27JUN05 | Amiram Barkat
    Russia's state prosecutor has ordered an examination of Shulhan Arukh - a code of Jewish halakhic law compiled in the 16th century - to ascertain whether it constitutes racist incitement and anti-Russian material. . . . Last Thursday, attorneys from the Russian State Prosecutor's Office questioned Rabbi Zinovy Kogan, chairman of the Congress of Jewish Organizations - one of the two large Jewish umbrella organizations in Russia. Kogan was asked to explain the contents of Shulhan Arukh, especially regarding its treatment of non-Jews. Jerusalem sources following the affair said this is the first time since Stalin's regime that Russian officials...
  • Russia calls for banning Judaism

    06/27/2005 5:13:17 AM PDT · by voletti · 132 replies · 2,476+ views
    Indian Express ^ | 27 june 2005 | Indian Express
    Russia has ordered an inquiry into a 16th century Jewish religious law to ascertain whether it constitutes racist incitement and anti-Russian material, a media report said. Russia’s state prosecutor has ordered an examination into ‘shulhan arukh’, a code of Jewish Halakhic law compiled in the 16th century, and a probe against a Jewish umbrella outfit in Russia for distributing a Russian translation of an abbreviation of the religious law. The probe was launched after some 500 public figures, including members of the Nationalist Rodina Party, in a letter to the prosecutor’s office urged to outlaw the Jewish religion and all...
  • Analysis: Bad for everyone, not just the Jews (How Putin Targets the Jews)

    06/27/2005 2:41:50 AM PDT · by BringBackMyHUAC · 17 replies · 627+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 2, 2005 | SAM SER
    The story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's trial is first and foremost a Russian story, not a Jewish story. At stake is not Jewish freedom, but Russian freedom. This explains why the people in Russia who have demonstrated against the trial have seemed to care so little about the Jewish aspect of the Khodorkovsky case, and focused so much on the larger implications for Russian society. International human rights groups have weighed in on the lack of judicial transparency in this case, all but accusing President Vladimir Putin's government of manipulating the courts in order to dispose of a political rival. In...
  • Russian Rabbi Investigated for Distributing Book of Jewish Law [Update, more info.]

    06/27/2005 12:46:20 AM PDT · by familyop · 20 replies · 821+ views
    Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 27JUN05 | Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews
    (IsraelNN.com) In a move reminiscent of the Stalinist era, or the Spanish Inquisition, Russia’s state prosecutor has begun probing whether a Russian translation of a code of Jewish law constitutes racist incitement. Lawyers working for the state prosecutor ordered Rabbi Zinovy Kogan, chairman of the Congress of Jewish Organizations, to explain the contents of the 16th century codification of Jewish law, of paramount importance, the Sulchan Aruch, in order to determine what the code says about non-Jews. The inquiry follows publication of a letter signed by 500 public figures, including 20 members of the nationalist Rodina party, calling on the...
  • Group Bat Mitzva Celebrated in Southern Russian Community

    06/17/2005 9:08:47 AM PDT · by jb6 · 12 replies · 266+ views
    SAMARA, Russia – The Jewish Community of Samara has celebrated the coming of age for numerous Jewish children, each of whom are students at the city's Ohr Avner Chabad Day School. Masha Krayeva, Anya Chernyagina, Lana Vaksman and Yana Melikhova were very happy to welcome their friends, teachers, parents and the city's Chief Rabbi, Shlomo Deutch and his wife Dina, to their long-awaited Bat Mitzva. These young Jewish ladies delivered the opening words at this festivity, each giving a brief speech about the duties that a Jewish girl must take on upon experiencing her Bat Mitzva. The schoolchildren easily found...
  • S. Petersburg Governor Returns Historic Building to Jewish Community

    06/17/2005 9:30:31 AM PDT · by jb6 · 157+ views
    Federation Jewish Communities ^ | Monday, June 6 2005
    S.PETERSBURG, Russia – Jewish leaders of S. Petersburg held a meeting with the region's Governor Valentina Matviyenko. The city's Chief Rabbi, Menachem Mendel Pewzner, and community Chairman Mark Grubarg successfully represented the community's agenda, with the meeting ending in the decision to return a historical building, located at 42 Dekabristov Street, to the Jewish community. The Governor ordered the return of this building in accordance with the city law on redeeming the property of religious organizations. This building was one of many owned by the Jewish community prior to being confiscated and nationalized by Soviet authorities. From 1880 until the...
  • Jews Who Fled the Soviet Union Return to Russia

    05/20/2005 11:12:35 AM PDT · by Alouette · 125 replies · 1,469+ views
    FJC.ru ^ | May 20, 2005 | Michael Mainville
    MOSCOW, Russia - When she fled the Soviet Union for Israel with her family as a teenager, the last place Irina Azanyan expected to end up 15 years later was in Moscow. "My parents were desperate to get away, and we went as soon as we could," she said. "I loved Israel, even before I'd ever been there. I don't know why, maybe it was in my genes." Yet here she sits in her fifth-floor office at the Moscow Jewish Community Center, alternating effortlessly between Russian and Hebrew as she fields calls for Russia's chief rabbi, Berl Lazar. The chorus...
  • Moscow's main Jewish cemetery vandalized

    05/15/2005 4:40:12 PM PDT · by anotherview · 7 replies · 341+ views
    Breaking News Moscow cemetery struck Moscow’s main Jewish cemetery was vandalized Saturday. Vandals damaged 15 tombstones and left anti-Semitic graffiti on two graves in the Vostryakovskoe Jewish cemetery in a Moscow suburb, police said. Prosecutors opened a criminal case, treating the incident as a hate crime. In a separate development Sunday, Jews held a ceremony in another Jewish cemetery in the Moscow area for books damaged by a May 10 fire that destroyed a historic wooden synagogue. Arson is suspected. Chabad organized the burial ceremony for the damaged books. The Federation of Jewish Communities, a Chabad-led umbrella organization, said negotiations...
  • 150,000 Expected at FJC sponsored Seders across the Former Soviet Union

    04/26/2005 10:07:26 AM PDT · by Alouette · 4 replies · 234+ views
    FJC.ru ^ | Apr. 26, 2005
    MOSCOW, Russia – Hundreds of thousands of Jews across the Former Soviet Union are on the verge of celebrating Passover in great festive tradition thanks to a mass campaign carried out by the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS. A total of 437 FJC member communities across fifteen former Soviet republics will mark this week-long holiday both at home and at mass public Seders. Dozens of communities have conducted seminars to help Jewish community Chairmen to lead public Passover Seders, the first of which has peculiarities since it coincides with Shabbat, as well as offering training and instruction for...
  • Duma Slams Letter on Jews

    02/07/2005 8:11:55 AM PST · by Alouette · 87 replies · 774+ views
    FJC.ru ^ | Feb. 7, 2005
    MOSCOW, Russia (AP) - The State Duma adopted a declaration Friday sharply condemning a letter that urged prosecutors to outlaw all Jewish organizations in Russia, but the nationalist and Communist factions whose members had signed the letter were absent or voted against the declaration. In a 306-58 vote that hewed to party lines, the State Duma adopted the declaration saying that the "clear anti-Semitic intent" of the letter and other appeals for government actions targeting Jews "prompts indignation and sharp condemnation." Last month's letter, whose signatories included 20 Duma deputies from the Communist, LDPR and Rodina factions, asked Prosecutor General...
  • Putin admits Russia's anti-Semitism

    02/03/2005 12:46:37 AM PST · by familyop · 64 replies · 3,567+ views
    Sapa-AFP, Daily Dispatch, SA ^ | 30JAN05 | Sapa-AFP
    MOSCOW - A visit to Auschwitz has prompted President Vladimir Putin to do something he had never done over five years in power, admit that anti-Semitism rages on in Russia and must be stamped out, amid a rare public debate on the once taboo subject. Jews were mistreated throughout much of the Soviet era, with dissidents sent by Stalin to gulags and Jewish students barred from entry to the more prestigious universities. Nationalist rhetoric largely graduated from that era to post-Soviet Russia amid concern and blame- seeking over the demise of its superpower status. A poll this week by the...
  • Russian MPs embrace anti-Semitic tactics

    01/26/2005 11:55:08 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 5 replies · 497+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | January 26th, 2005 | By Andrew Osborn in Moscow
    Israel's relations with Russia sank to a low yesterday after Jerusalem condemned a group of nationalist Russian MPs who signed a declaration that has been condemned by Jewish groups as anti-Semitic and a throwback to the Third Reich. The declaration, signed by some 20 members of the Russian parliament from the Motherland and Communist parties, demanded that Jewish organisations be banned throughout Russia on the grounds that they are extremist in nature, hostile to the Russian populace and implicated in ritual child murder. It lamented the fact that "the whole democratic world is today under the financial and political control...
  • Russian Lawmakers Targets Jewish Groups

    01/24/2005 12:20:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 147 replies · 1,378+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon, Jan 24, 2005 | STEVE GUTTERMAN, A.P. Writer
    MOSCOW - A group of nationalist Russian lawmakers called Monday for a sweeping investigation aimed at outlawing all Jewish organizations and punishing officials who support them, accusing Jews of fomenting ethnic hatred and saying they provoke anti-Semitism. In a letter dated Jan. 13, about 20 members of the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, asked Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov to investigate their claims and to launch proceedings "on the prohibition in our country of all religious and ethnic Jewish organizations as extremist." The letter, faxed in part to The Associated Press by the office of lawmaker Alexander Krutov, said,...
  • Acts of Faith: What does it mean that Putin gave a Christmas Tree to the Jewish capital of Russia?

    01/07/2003 4:50:43 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies · 567+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | January 7, 2003 | Lowell Ponte
    PONTEFICATIONS OUR SEVENTH OF JANUARY IS IN ORTHODOX RUSSIA the Christmas day that December 25 has become in the rest of the Christian world. The difference between these two Christmases is one of calendars. The Russian Church follows the ancient Roman method of dating imposed by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. The West follows the calendar established by Roman Catholic Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. On the day the Gregorian calendar was imposed, it differed from the old Julian calendar it replaced by 10 days. The Russian Orthodox faithful will be celebrating from January 7 until January 19, Theophany, the...
  • New Ukraine Election Puts Jews in Quandary

    12/25/2004 6:34:06 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 22 replies · 5,390+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | December 24th, 2004 | By ALEKSANDAR VASOVIC
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - For many of Ukraine's 100,000 Jews, Sunday's presidential revote poses a difficult choice: a Western-leaning opposition leader with past links to people with anti-Semitic views or a prime minister who favors heavy-handed Soviet-style leadership but appears to offer more stability. Ukraine's Jews have largely kept quiet over whom they support, despite their considerable political and economic influence. The minority group boasts 15 Jewish deputies in the 450-strong parliament, two powerful, politically connected tycoons, and influential community leaders. "The Jewish community stayed away from backing of any of the two candidates," said Yakov Blaih, the chief rabbi...
  • Report: Germany to stop accepting ex-Soviet Jews

    12/19/2004 7:55:49 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 41 replies · 874+ views
    haaretz.com ^ | Sun., December 19, 2004 Tevet 7, 5765 | By Reuters
    BERLIN - Germany is to stop offering unlimited immigration to Jews from Russia and eastern Europe from Jan. 1, 2006, ending a policy it launched with the collapse of the Soviet bloc, German newspapers reported on Saturday. Germany began offering Jews from the former Soviet bloc the right to settle in the country in 1991 to help rebuild its own Jewish communities, devastated by the country's Nazi regime. Some 190,000 Jews had taken up the offer by the end of 2003. But the fact the number of ex-Soviet Jews coming to Germany has in recent years been higher than the...
  • Vandals desecrate Jewish graves, synagogues in St. Petersburg

    12/18/2004 1:35:59 PM PST · by yonif · 5 replies · 636+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | December 18, 2004 | Associated Press
    Vandals defiled a Jewish cemetery in St. Petersburg for the second time this year, scrawling swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti on 30 graves and a synagogue, Jewish leaders said Friday. Mark Grubarg, head of St. Petersburg Jewish Community, called on police to do more to protect the cemetery, where people found "Jews Get Out of the Country!", "Long Live Holocaust!" and "Heil Hitler!" scrawled on the synagogue. Graves were covered with swastikas and Nazi SS signs. "This is the worst thing to defile something sacred, the history. And it's so low to fight the dead," Grubarg said. The cemetery was...
  • Banned Nationalist Party Holds Anti-Semitic Rally in Central Moscow

    11/27/2004 12:58:55 AM PST · by jb6 · 25 replies · 1,280+ views
    MosNews ^ | 17.11.2004
    Holding up dozens of anti-Semitic signs, hundreds of people rallied in central Moscow’s Tverskaya Street on Saturday to protest the arrest warrant out for nationalist leader Boris Mironov, wanted on charges of inciting interracial hatred. The party that apparently organized the rally — the National Power Party of Russia — was banned by the Justice Ministry for inciting interracial hatred. On one poster held up at the rally, it identified itself as the party of “those who are ready to fight the Jewish yoke.” While reporters from the independent Ekho Moskvy radio station found only 200 demonstrators Saturday afternoon, and...
  • Russia and Immigrants From the USSR (Attempts to Control Russian Immigrants, especially Jews)

    11/26/2004 4:29:24 PM PST · by TapTheSource · 65 replies · 3,607+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Alexandr Nemets
    Russia and Immigrants From the USSR Dr. Alexandr Nemets Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002 Moscow's Plans Regarding 'Former Russian Jews' Does anybody know how many people of Jewish origin from the USSR now live in the U.S. and Canada? Hundreds and hundreds of thousands. Thousands of them became prosperous businessmen, many tens of thousands are highly qualified professionals in programming, other high-tech areas, and universities and colleges. Remarkably, almost all these people are using Russian as a second language; they read Russian books and locally published Russian newspapers and magazines, and watch Russian-language TV channels. And they are still interested in...
  • Return of the Jews: To Russia not Israel

    10/09/2004 12:47:12 PM PDT · by Destro · 24 replies · 726+ views
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | Aug. 9 issue | Newsweek International
    Return of the Jews For decades the story of Russia's Jews has been one of fear and flight to Israel. Now many are coming home. That's why an estimated 50,000 Jews have returned to Russia in the past five years. They come mostly to booming Moscow—but also to godforsaken places like Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region, a swampy Siberian area larger than Israel that is plagued by mosquitoes in summer and minus-35-degree temperatures in winter. ,,, Part of the reason, he says, is that under President Vladimir Putin, life for the Jews of Russia has changed. "It's a lot better," he...
  • A Wave of Jews Returning to Russia

    08/04/2004 5:02:48 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 84 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | Wednesday, August 04, 2004 | Anatoly Medetsky
    As the Iron Curtain began to fall, Igor Dzhadan left the Soviet Union with his family, bound for Israel and a longforbidden opportunity. Dzhadan was luckier than most of the 11,000 Soviet doctors who rushed to Israel around the same time, 1990, under Israel's Law of Return. He was able to continue practice and research. Still, he returned to Russia in 2001 to become an editor at Moscow's Jewish News Agency. "It was interesting for me to live in a Jewish state, but I feel more comfortable in Russia," Dzhadan said. "I knew from the experience of others that I...
  • President Putin and Other Leaders and Officials Congratulate Russian Jews on Passover

    04/08/2004 9:21:39 AM PDT · by Alouette · 7 replies · 137+ views
    FJC.ru ^ | Apr. 8, 2004
    MOSCOW, Russia - As Jewish communities throughout Russia celebrated Passover, Jewish leaders received congratulations messages from local and national leaders, as well as from leaders of other religions represented in the Russian Federation. Among those to congratulate the Jewish community were Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov. In his congratulating message to Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar and the Jewish community, President Putin commended Jewish leaders and their respective communities for "the vast work they are undertaking in the area of education, in establishing new religious and community centers, in opening museums and exhibitions, and in...
  • Explosive device detonates in Jewish school in Moscow - No Injuries

    03/05/2004 2:11:42 PM PST · by yonif · 1 replies · 128+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 3/6/2004
    An explosive device detonated in the basement of a Jewish school in Moscow on Friday, the Interfax news agency reported. No injuries were reported in the blast, though a number of windows in adjacent buildings were shattered from the explosion. Ahead of elections, scheduled to take place in Russia in ten days, security measures were beefed up across the country, due to fears of a terror attack. The United States embassy in Russia urged its citizens in the country on Friday to stay away from public areas and keep a "low profile." The embassy listed three central places that it...