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 Times of Israel: “100 years on, international conferences debate Jewish role in Russian Revolution”
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The Times of Israel: “100 years on, international conferences debate Jewish role in Russian Revolution”

It is now 100 years since the revolution that brought down the Russian Tsar Nicholas II. For Jews, the fall of Tsarist Russia meant a new relative freedom: the end to the Pale of Settlement, which had prevented Jews from living in big cities, and the abolition of all other anti-Semitic laws, such as quotas … 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: “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