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: “This Russian Comic Finds Success in a Dress”
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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

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The Forward: “Big For-Profit Cemetery Owner Settling Suits with Jews Who Say It Dug Up Their Loved Ones’ Bones”

Not long ago, Jean Bergman, an 88-year-old retired manicurist, received a check for $1,000. She deposited it without giving it too much thought. “I wasn’t told any of the details,” she said. The check arrived in connection with her husband’s grave at Eden Memorial Park, a Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles. The cemetery has been … 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