When the six members of the Simcha klezmer band hauled their instruments into a dilapidated rehearsal space, no one suspected they were about to hijack a government building in this large, clean city some 450 miles east of Moscow.
Russian Israelis have long celebrated their New Year’s Eve holiday quietly, because many Jews incorrectly think it is a Christian rite. But a new generation is promoting the tradition as a way of promoting their heritage.
Every December Elana Snitman’s family gathers at her home, where they decorate a fake pine tree with ornaments, placing gifts underneath to exchange. After gathering for a dinner of chicken, eggplant and beet-and-potato salad, they sing a traditional song about the festive tree and the coming of winter.
Russian Jews are thankful for all that American Jews have done for them, Benjamin Goldschmidt writes. But they’re sick of being treated like adopted orphans.
Vicki Boykis wants her child to grow up steeped in American Judaism — but not at the expense of their Russian heritage. How can she convey that Pushkin is as much their culture as Sholom Aleichem?
Dozens of Jewish war veterans who fought with the Soviet Red Army in World War II gathered at Times Square to celebrate the Hebrew date of Victory Day.
Novelist Gary Shteyngart has made his reputation with wry explorations of ambivalent, conflicted, often frustrated love. Now he is launching into a new affair with television, and it seems that he’s carrying a full freight of mixed emotions.
In this seaside city once ruled by the Greeks and Phoenicians but now largely populated by Russians, the talk in the caviar-stocked delis and jewelry stores is of upcoming elections and Israel’s powerful Russian vote.
The leader of Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebels used an anti-Semitic insult to describe the country’s political leaders.
Russian immigrants to Israel went from an atheist country to an Orthodox one. Why would they flock to the Reform movement, the most American of Jewish streams?