The Times of Israel: “What did the billionaire WhatsApp founder have to say at Limmud FSU?”
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The Times of Israel: “What did the billionaire WhatsApp founder have to say at Limmud FSU?”

OAKLAND, California — Almost every chair in the Oakland Marriott’s windowless conference hall was full last Saturday evening when Russian-speaking Jews came to meet one of the most successful members of their own community: Jan Koum, founder of WhatsApp. The young Ukraine-born billionaire came to the Limmud conference for Jews from the Former Soviet Union … Continue reading

The Boston Globe: “Cambridge cafes are closing earlier and night owls are not happy”
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The Boston Globe: “Cambridge cafes are closing earlier and night owls are not happy”

CAMBRIDGE — If you are one of those university students who enjoys working on a laptop at a cafe at night, you don’t really have anywhere to go in Cambridge anymore. That’s because practically all the late-night coffee shops in the city are now closing earlier than they did a year ago — and there … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Crowdsourced online database traces the global footsteps of Jewish texts”
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The Times of Israel: “Crowdsourced online database traces the global footsteps of Jewish texts”

Are you proud of your collection of passport stamps? They might pale in comparison to the voyages of this collection of ancient texts, many of which are hundreds of years old. Researchers at Columbia University in New York, as well as Stony Brook University, Jewish Theological Seminary and the University of Pittsburgh, are tracing the … Continue reading

The Forward: “Why are there no kosher Russian restaurants in New York?”
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The Forward: “Why are there no kosher Russian restaurants in New York?”

I recently stood in line with more than a thousand Russian Jews, waiting for sushi — the highlight of Saturday night’s dinner at the Limmud FSU conference, which is the largest gathering of Russian-speaking Jews in North America. It was kosher sushi, of course. The other meals at the event, held at a Hilton Hotel … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Babushka knows best and other universal truths of the Russian-Jewish experience”
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The Times of Israel: “Babushka knows best and other universal truths of the Russian-Jewish experience”

Floating above the obligatory hammer and sickle, the centerpiece of this red Soviet Union flag is a six-pointed Star of David. The overtly Jewish symbol is front and center in the profile picture of an unusual — and wildly popular — Facebook group called “Russian Jew Vines.” Here, American-raised children of immigrants from the former … Continue reading

The Forward: “Sofiya Romm’s Journey From Russia to a Barely Findable American Grave
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The Forward: “Sofiya Romm’s Journey From Russia to a Barely Findable American Grave

The grave of Sofiya Romm, a doctor who immigrated to the United States from Moscow, is hard to find in Ahavath Achim Anshe Sfard, the local Jewish cemetery here. On a recent afternoon in November, only Romm’s first name was visible. The rest of the inscription was under a pile of brown autumn leaves. You … Continue reading

The Forward: “Even Gravestones Become Luxuries for Poor as Jewish Burial Groups Cut Back”
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The Forward: “Even Gravestones Become Luxuries for Poor as Jewish Burial Groups Cut Back”

We often hear stories about how hard life was for Jews in Russia back in the day. Still, after they passed away, even poor Jews in the Russian Empire got to have gravestones. If you travel around Ukraine and Poland these days, you’ll stumble upon Jewish cemeteries in almost every village where Jews used to … Continue reading