Young people of Russian background, coming from secular homes and with little or no formal Jewish education, are considered among the most unaffiliated and at-risk of American Jews in terms of Jewish identity. But a comprehensive new study of that cohort finds that a Brooklyn-based program founded in 2006 to address the problem has produced some striking results.
Both sides in Russian-Ukrainian public relation battle condemn anti-Semitism, says visiting leader of Ukrainian Jewry.
For several centuries, Ukraine earned a reputation as a center of anti-Semitism. Mobs looted the homes of Jewish merchants in the 12th century, there were murderous pogroms in the 17th century and Jewish shops were vandalized in the 19th. The 20th century was no better, with Ukrainian nationalists massacring Jews during World War II followed by crude anti-Semitic propaganda during decades of communist rule.
Russian Jews react to ‘Russian Dolls’ as mainstream America gets glimpse of Botoxed immigrant stereotype.
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Is it good for the Russian Jews?
Or, put another way, what are the good people of Peoria (or pick another unpretentious heartland town) to make of the bling and Botox and bottle-blondeness so garishly on display in Brighton Beach?
Those are the questions buzzing around Brooklyn’s Russian epicenter this week in the wake of last week’s debut of “Russian Dolls,” the new Lifetime TV reality show set in the glamorous nightclubs and opulent bathhouses of Brighton Beach.
Limmud FSU Festival features history-making cosmonaut and solidarity message for Israel's Russian speakers.
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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.
MOSCOW (JTA) -- The Russian census under way will show a Jewish decline of as much as 25 percent, a specialist on Russian Jewish demography predicts.
The estimate by Mark Kupovetsky, director of biblical and Judaic studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities, for the 2010 census is based on the stable decline of the Jewish population in Russia over the past years, as death rates rise and birthrates fall.
Counter-missionaries warn of major center in heart of Orthodox Brooklyn, but residents seem unconcerned.
On the 1900 block of Coney Island Avenue, a major business thoroughfare in the heart of Brooklyn’s heavily Orthodox Flatbush neighborhood, you could easily buy some kosher sushi or a few tractates of the Talmud.
Soon, the neighborhood’s residents will also have the opportunity to study the New Testament there and attend Jewish-style worship services that recognize Jesus as the Messiah.