Former Soviet Union

A 'Space' For Russians In Israel

Limmud FSU Festival features history-making cosmonaut and solidarity message for Israel's Russian speakers.

06/03/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Beersheva, Israel - Even 20 years after the end of the Cold War and the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Russia, the fourth Limmud FSU Festival held last week in this sprawling desert city was an often mind-bending coming together of worlds that not so long ago seemed quite irreconcilable.

Space veterans Mikhail Koraiyenko, Garrett Reisman and Alexei Leonov at opening event of the Limmud FSU Festival in Beersheva

A Picture of Leadership

01/17/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

I’m always fascinated by what art we take with us when we move. and what art says about personal identity. That’s the clinical psychologist in me speaking. But if I had to analyze myself (which is never a good idea), I’d look at one picture which has traveled with me from office to office and which recently got a new location here in New York City. It’s a copy of a painting that I bought for a hundred rubles in 1993 on the banks of the Neva River. Significantly, I bought it on the first trip I made back to the FSU after I left permanently for the United States.

More Than 19,000 Immigrants to Israel in 2010

12/28/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- More than 19,000 new immigrants arrived in Israel in 2010, a 16 percent rise over last year.

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption announced the increase in aliyah, the second year in a row following 10 years of declining numbers, in a statement released Tuesday.

Some 16,465 immigrants arrived in Israel in 2009 and 15,452 in 2008.

Russian Spy Arrests Expose Raw Nerve

Russian Jews say case points to big changes in Brighton Beach with new wave of ex-Soviets.

07/14/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

On the boardwalk in Brighton Beach last weekend, it was “From Russia With ... Loathing.”

For members of the Russian Jewish community here, the recent tabloid-enhanced saga of the 10 alleged Russian spies arrested here in late June and flown to Moscow last week in a swap for four Russians charged with spying for the U.S., exposed a raw nerve. 

Russian Jews on the Brighton Beach boardwalk disturbed by spy affair. Walter Ruby
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