Walter Ruby

Russians To Bush: Where’s Our Thanks?

01/28/2005
Special to The Jewish Week

 Are the Bush White House and Republican Party taking the support of Russian-speaking Jews for granted?Yes, according to the leaders of a 10-member delegation from Russian-American Jews for Bush who attended the second inauguration of President Bush last week in Washington, but with tickets provided by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat.

An Iraqi Pol’s Risky Platform

01/28/2005
Special to The Jewish Week

 Mithal Al-Alusi is literally betting his life that Iraqis are ready for their country to open a positive relationship with Israel.In a phone interview from his party’s office in Baghdad, Alusi, 51, a former Iraqi government official who was indicted in October after attending a conference in Israel on charges of violating a 1969 law barring contacts with enemy states, said, “I believe in living in peace with Israel, a country with which Iraq has no conflict.“Iraq has no reason to be against Israel simply because Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians have disputes

Tenants Take On Yeshiva

03/21/2008
Special to The Jewish Week

 When Eugenia Patskina was informed last February that her new landlord would refuse to renew her lease on the comfortable studio apartment in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn, the then 88-year-old woman became so overwrought that she had to be rushed to a nearby hospital in an ambulance. 

For Leviev, All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

02/22/2008
Special to The Jewish Week

 

Perhaps he should have stayed behind the scenes.

Ever since billionaire diamond and real estate magnate Lev Leviev began to raise his profile and personalize his brand with the opening of deluxe diamond shops in London in 2006 and here in 2007, the 51-year-old Uzbekistan-born tycoon has run into a sustained string of bad news and adverse publicity. Even a hagiographic profile in The New York Times Magazine last September — in which he revealed a secret desire to become prime minister of Israel within 10 years — seems not to have helped.

Toward A Kinder, Gentler Islam

02/22/2008
Special to The Jewish Week

 Is there a tolerant, pluralistic form of Islam that has the self-confidence and mass appeal to counter the spread of violent and fundamentalist jihadist ideology across the Muslim world?  

C. Holland Taylor, a North Carolina-born ex-businessman who was born Christian but terms himself a “universalist drawn to mystical traditions in all religions,” thinks so.

An Independent Press?

12/24/2004
Special to The Jewish Week

Has a Russian-language newspaper in America known for its assertive stand for a Russian-American Jewish community independent of influence back home fallen under the sway of Moscow?Some in the Russian-speaking world are asking this question six weeks after the Russian Forward, the well-regarded weekly newspaper, was sold to local businessmen and Jewish organizational leaders known collectively as the Mitzvah Media Group.While the founders of Mitzvah Media — Dr. Igor Branovan, Dr.

Feds, City Address Security Concerns

12/17/2004
Special to The Jewish Week

 Responding to longstanding complaints by the Russian-speaking community of unsafe conditions, Rep.

Righteous Gentile Refusenik

01/18/2008
Special to The Jewish Week

The gesture of recognition came very late in the day, but when a major American Jewish organization last week honored Yuri Fedorov — a non-Jewish human rights activist who served 15 years in Soviet prison camps for his contribution to the cause of freeing Soviet Jews — late certainly felt better than never. 

Russian Identity Rock

01/11/2008
Special to The Jewish Week

 Call it dialectical rock — a new musical form with roots in the psyche of the Soviet past that gives voice to all the contradictions of the present-day Russian Jewish immigrant experience. 

Drozdy (Blackbirds), a musical group formed six months ago by five close friends in their early 50’s — most of whom have been part of the tight-knit Russian literary, artistic and counter-cultural scene since arriving here 30 years ago — have been winning raves since they cut their self-titled CD last month (many of the songs are available on YouTube). 

Q Train Hero Now Battles Muslim Ambivalence

01/04/2008
Special to The Jewish Week

 Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted him at City Hall, the Anti-Defamation League established an annual award based on the example he set and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding feted him.But the honor for Q train hero Hassan Askari that might carry the weightiest message is the one coming this week from the only newspaper serving the Muslim community of the Greater New York area. That’s because, according to the president of the Queens-based Tri-State Muslim, there is some ambivalence about it.

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