The history of the Soviet Jewry movement is moving for American Jews as a catalyzing force for the community. Lea Zeltserman explains why it leaves Russian Jews cold.
Leonid Shenker likes to greet visitors to his apartment here dressed in his Soviet military ensemble, the jacket heavy with medals and stripes. At 88, the former Soviet veteran needs a walker to move across the apartment, which he doesn’t leave unless accompanied by his daughter. But his voice is clear and proud as he looks around and says, “Welcome to my museum.”