As Terror Threat Swirls Around Sochi, Jews Not Seen In Crosshairs

In marked contrast to other Games, small Black Sea community not on edge amid Chechen-Putin tensions.

01/28/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Four years ago, on the eve of the last Winter Olympics, preparations for the Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, meant increased security for the city’s Jewish community. Jewish spokesmen, while not spelling out specifics, said upgraded security systems were installed at many Jewish buildings in the city.

Sochi Jews Gearing Up For Games

Small Black Sea community preparing a warm welcome.

01/27/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Pale of Settlement and nearby areas around the Black and Caspian seas, where Jews lived for centuries, were full of cities that had rich Jewish pasts.

 A Chabad emissary couple that coordinates most Jewish activities for Sochi’s small Jewish community. Photo courtesy of Chabad
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