Maxim Edwards

Valentina Navoyan

Jewish? No, We’re Subbotniks. Welcome to Our Synagogue.

Subbotniks are a Russian group that practices Jewish rituals, yet are considered distinct from the community. Their numbers are dwindling but some seek to preserve their ancient culture.

Dwindling: There are fewer than 200 Jews left in the Black Sea enclave of Abhkazia, a small fraction of the community?s former size.

Jewish Life Slowly Dying in Abkhazia

Abkhazia once had thriving communities of Georgian and Ashkenazi Jews. After years of war and feuding, just 200 remain in the balmy Black Sea enclave.