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

The Forward: “Why this Russian Jew thinks Donald Trump is absolutely right about Russia”
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The Forward: “Why this Russian Jew thinks Donald Trump is absolutely right about Russia”

Until I watched second Presidential Debate, I didn’t like anything about Donald Trump. I am not a Republican. I believe in universal healthcare and I don’t think it’s a great idea to build a wall on the Mexican border. But during the debate, I heard Trump say something that I couldn’t agree with more: “I … Continue reading

Global Post: “When Adolf Hitler creeps into your home movies”
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Global Post: “When Adolf Hitler creeps into your home movies”

Ann Major recently decided to digitize her grandfather’s movies. That’s when she found a little surprise. One of the films happens to include footage of Adolf Hitler at a military parade. Her grandfather Ralph H. Major was an American doctor teaching medicine in Munich in the 1930s, when he captured the scene. “People were watching … Continue reading