In his native Belarus, Mikhail Katz, right, was a champion checkers player and an enthusiastic student of chess.
In Brooklyn, where he migrated 16 years ago, he has continued to work at his vocation.
As head coach at the White Rook Chess Club in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, home for generations to waves of émigrés, he teaches 100 students, most of them in chess, most of them, like him, from the former Soviet Union, many of them present or aspiring champions.
This is not your bubbe’s gefilte fish. When cookbook author Susie Fishbein took to the grill at a recent cooking demonstration in Brooklyn, the discussion centered on halibut, salmon and grouper, among others.
For the four-part series on seafood, Fishbein set up in the Pomegranate supermarket, and offered simple, quick techniques for a variety of different fish.
Rabbi Naftali Citron, who grew up as a follower of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, has fond memories of the singer-composer leading the Havdalah service that marks the end of Shabbat. “He was at the most perfect pitch for the Havdalah,” says Rabbi Citron, who now serves as spiritual leader of The Carlebach Shul on the Upper West Side.
Rabbi Citron, below, says he leads Havdalah in the spirit of his mentor.
Cutting hair was a popular Jewish profession in Uzbekistan when Daniel Fuzaylov grew up near Tashkent, capital of the then-Soviet republic, nearly three decades ago. His father, Rafael, was a barber. His grandfather, too.
So Fuzaylov, who came to the United States with his family in 1988, became a barber, learning from his father. They are among the latest émigré groups to pass a trade among themselves, like Korean groceries, Chinese dry cleaners and Greek diners.