Russian Jews

Report: Young Russians Edging Closer To Community

01/07/2015
Editor and Publisher

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.

Gary Rosenblatt

Mendelevitch Returns, With A Message For Russian Jews

Back in St. Petersburg for Limmud FSU talk, former refusenik encourages emigration to Israel.

12/09/2014

St. Petersburg, Russia — Through the backseat window of a black KGB car, Yosef Mendelevitch could see university students his age hurrying to take their finals.

Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport late last month.  Cnaan Liphshiz

Ukraine’s Jews Seen Safe Despite Appearances

Both sides in Russian-Ukrainian public relation battle condemn anti-Semitism, says visiting leader of Ukrainian Jewry.

04/30/2014
Staff Writer

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.

Josef Zissels says many American Jews exaggerate the anti-Semitic threat in Ukraine.  Adina Kissner

Losing The Battle Here To Keep Russian Jews Jewish

08/27/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The warning signs came early this season, Jewish-themed post cards with veiled messianic references arriving in mailboxes throughout the Brighton Beach neighborhood.

Mordechai Tokarsky

Too Much Bling In Brighton Beach?

Russian Jews react to ‘Russian Dolls’ as mainstream America gets glimpse of Botoxed immigrant stereotype.

08/16/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

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.

Does series have legs? The ‘Dolls’ themselves on the boardwalk. lifetime television

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

Russian Census to Find Large Jewish Drop, Expert Predicts

10/25/2010

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.

Messianic Jews Making New Push In Flatbush

Counter-missionaries warn of major center in heart of Orthodox Brooklyn, but residents seem unconcerned.

09/29/2010
Staff Writer

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.

Chosen People Ministries’ Flatbush building.
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