Lea Zeltserman


Why Russian Jews Don't Want to Hear About Being Saved

By Lea Zeltserman

Why Russian Jews Don't Want to Hear About Being Saved
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.Read More


Shabbat Meals: A Soviet Soup Tastes Like Freedom in the New Country

By Lea Zeltserman

Shabbat Meals: A Soviet Soup Tastes Like Freedom in the New Country
If you are Russian, then you know implicitly that, much like the proverbial tree in the forest, a meal didn’t actually happen unless soup was involved. Or, in my grandmother’s words, if we didn’t eat our soup, our kishki (intestines) would dry up. Consequently, I have spent a lot of my life eating soup.Read More


A Desperate Campaign To Remember Soviet Jewish War Heroes Races Against Time

By Lea Zeltserman

A Desperate Campaign To Remember Soviet Jewish War Heroes Races Against Time
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.”Read More






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