The Times of Israel: “Canada’s oldest Jewish community welcomes new addition – a history museum”
ARTICLES / Canada

The Times of Israel: “Canada’s oldest Jewish community welcomes new addition – a history museum”

Montreal – Canada’s oldest Jewish community is commemorating its heritage with a newly-opened museum just outside Montreal’s historic Jewish Mile End neighborhood. Housed in a former Jewish garment factory, the small Museum of Jewish Montreal distinguishes itself from other Jewish museums in Canada by not focusing on the Holocaust but on local Jewish history. “One … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Why 189,000 Soviet Jews fled to Italy rather than the Promised Land”
ARTICLES / Israel / Italy / USSR

The Times of Israel: “Why 189,000 Soviet Jews fled to Italy rather than the Promised Land”

  At the age 10, Michael Drob left the Soviet Union and became a stateless refugee. For almost a year, he shared a room with his older sister, his parents and his grandmother in Italy. In the room was a single bed, in which his grandmother slept — everyone else slept on the floor. Drob, … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Russian-Jewish filmmakers immortalize murdered Putin critic as ‘Boris Nemtsov, Jew’”
ARTICLES / Russia

The Times of Israel: “Russian-Jewish filmmakers immortalize murdered Putin critic as ‘Boris Nemtsov, Jew’”

Two years on, Russia hasn’t forgotten the tragic murder outside the Kremlin of Boris Nemtsov, the Jewish anti-Putin politician. He’s become something of a cult figure in a country known for silencing dissenters. There are now at least four films out about the martyred man, and some put the number as high as eight. At … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Babushka knows best and other universal truths of the Russian-Jewish experience”
America / ARTICLES / United States / USA

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: “This Russian Comic Finds Success in a Dress”
ARTICLES / United States / USA

The Forward: “This Russian Comic Finds Success in a Dress”

Gary Cherkassky’s grandmother, who is 80 years old, isn’t on Facebook or Instagram. She doesn’t even have a smartphone. But if you are a Russian Jew, chances are you’ve probably heard what she has to say somewhere on the internet. That’s because she is the inspiration behind Baba Fira (“baba” is short for babushka, which … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Palestinian asylum-seekers rush toward Canada’s open arms”
ARTICLES / Canada

The Times of Israel: “Palestinian asylum-seekers rush toward Canada’s open arms”

Montreal – In the spring of 2015, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada in Toronto granted asylum to a 60-year-old widow from the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian woman stated before the judge that she was afraid to return to Gaza because her family, which had supported Fatah, was being harassed by the rival Hamas … Continue reading