Russian immigrants

In New Brooklyn District, A Clash Of Clout

With fewer Jewish voters, Orthodox and Russian-speakers battle to elect a Councilman.

10/29/2013
Staff Writer
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A year after a City Council commission redrew the borders of some Council districts in Brooklyn, voters in the new 48th District will elect a representative for the first time on Tuesday.

Although redistricting reduced the number of Jewish voters in the 48th CD, all four candidates are Jewish. Image via Google Maps

How Michael Met Alla

07/26/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Alla Bukler, a new Russian immigrant, had been living in St. Louis for about a year with little time to date. She had two jobs and was a single mom to an 11-year old. But her sister saw an advertisement for speed dating sponsored by the Jewish outreach organization Aish Hatorah. “I was reluctant,” says Alla. But she went to “Aish” and has been grateful to her sister ever since.

Michael and Alla Grafman
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