Of the 15,000 Jews who lived in Tajikistan in 1989, less than 300 are left. How does this small Jewish community fare in the midst of economic crisis, rising Muslim extremism and restricted freedom?
The flavors in Dahlia Abraham-Klein’s newest (and first) cookbook Silk Road Vegetarian: Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Recipes for the Mindful Cook are as exotic and storied as her family’s background, which incorporates Iraqi, Persian, Afghani, Indian, and Bukharian traditions. Her family’s journey followed the path of the Silk Road, historic trade routes connecting East Asia to the Middle East, and picked up on all of the spices, traditions, and flavors along the way. Despite my own Hungarian ancestral background, the flavors in Dahlia’s book fit my taste bud’s flavor profile perfectly, my mouth was watering at the opportunity to go home and try out the recipes.
A century ago, New York cigar maker Charles Weiss got in trouble for having three wives. Nazis were on the march 75 years ago and Jews fled Asian pogroms in 1963.
Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach is known as the heart of the Jewish community from the former Soviet Union. Newcomers from Central Asia are transforming the neighborhood.