Joint projects have drawn the involvement of community leaders — but not yet of community members.
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When a group of Bukharian Jews and representatives of a mosque in Queens held a Muslim-Jewish health fair earlier this month, more than 100 local Muslims turned out for the afternoon of free blood tests, eye exams and other procedures, as well as brief comments by religious, community and elected leaders.
In a move that seems to confirm that the era of large-scale Russian Jewish emigration to the U.S. has come to an end, the president of the agency that has resettled more than 250,000 Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union in New York City has resigned after 25 years on the job.
Assemblywoman Adele Cohen’s path to the Democratic nomination for a fourth term as representative of a south Brooklyn district that includes the heart of the Russian-Jewish community has become a little more difficult.
The candidacy of Inna Kaminsky, a 27-year-old healthcare worker and political unknown originally from Ukraine, was affirmed Monday when the state Supreme Court upheld a Board of Elections ruling on Kaminsky’s petitions challenging Cohen in the Sept. 14 primary in the 46th District.
As the Orange Revolution plays out in the streets of Kiev, half a world away in Brooklyn, Jewish emigres from Ukraine are reflecting the same split regarding that country’s ongoing political crisis as their countrymen back home.
Those from Kiev and the western part of the country generally favor the pro-Western Viktor Yuschenko for president, while those from the east and south back the pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.
A number of renowned former dissidents and prisoners of conscience from the former Soviet Union believe that President Bush is betraying the cause of democracy by claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin as an ally in the war against terrorism.
Nearly 100 supporters of Israel’s ultra-dovish Women In Black movement stood silently last Thursday night on a narrow sidewalk at the south end of Union Square holding up signs with legends like “End The Occupation” “End The Violence” and “Two States — Israel and Palestine.”
One of the Russian-speaking community’s top priorities in the just-ended legislative session in Albany was passage of a bill that would have mandated the New York City Board of Elections to translate into Russian all voting materials used at polling stations across the city.After all, those materials are already being translated into Spanish, Chinese and Korean, and the State Assembly had overwhelmingly passed a version of the bill in June.So when the State Senate scotched it at the 11th hour, speculation began to fly about who was behind it.
With the ugly aftermath of 9/11fading, local Arab Americans are increasingly putting their cultural pride on display — and forging closer ties with Jews.“Arab-Americans went into isolation for several years,” said Linda Sarsour, 27, a Palestinian-American who is acting director of the Arab-American Association of New York. “It was home to school or work, and back home again.”Sarsour was speaking last Sunday at the Third Annual Arab Heritage Park Festival in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, which attracted more than 500 Arab-American New Yorkers.