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  • Hillel offers seders in Russia

    Hillel and Jewish philanthropies have joined to teach Russian Jews how to celebrate Pesach; now those young Russians can do it for themselves.

  • Reform Judaism struggles in Siberian city

    If the World Union for Progressive Judaism holds up the Siberian city of Tuymen as its model community in Russia, then Omsk represents a failure for the Reform group. While the WUPJ established a foothold in Omsk in 1991, Jewish leaders in the city later

  • Science center to get Jewish renewal

    In the Siberian research city of Akademgorodox, science has long been the unofficial religion. Now, Jewish life is beginning to find a foothold, and an ambitious rabbi plans to boost it further by building a community center to give the Jewish scene a hub

  • Jews thrive in city´s leadership positions

    Yekaterinburg, Russia’s third largest city, has a small Jewish community, but it includes a surprisingly large number of the city’s most prominent leaders. Though many of these luminaries are thoroughly assimilated, they have helped make some of the city

  • A deaf man spreads God’s word

    Religious doors were pried open in western Russia as soon as the curtain came down on communism, but Jewish life in a remote slice of Siberia is waking up only now thanks to Mark Kravetzs, an 80-year-old who lost his home, family and hearing, but never hi

  • Ukrainian Jew heads gulag museum

    While world Jewry has spent millions of dollars preserving Nazi camps across Eastern Europe, one Russian Jew has embarked on a grassroots journey to memorialize the crimes of Lenin and Stalin that, according to Russia’s Justice Ministry, affected virtuall

  • Yoga leader lectures on Judaism

    Omsk’s Hesed center is using yoga to attract the city’s highly assimilated senior citizens, who may never otherwise visit this community center to come closer to Jewish culture.

  • Remote village loses faith

    Jewish traditions are dying in the village of Iudino which is hardly surprising in rural Russia, where Soviet sympathies still run strong and Jewish populations rarely exceed a half dozen. But the fading of Jewish life in this town, known for its long and

  • Reform Judaism appeals to Tuymen’s Jews

    Tuymen is Russia´s only flourishing Reform community outside of Moscow, offering theater productions, dance competitions and Yiddish clubs. Tuymen´s path to a Reform revival began with a coin flip by Jewish student activists in 1991.

  • Russia’s Jewish republic renewed

    In the sleepy Birobidzhan republic, superficial trappings of Jewish life – signs in Yiddish and a menorah dominating a town square – are more common than Jewish spirit in what was, in Soviet times, a “Jewish Autonomous Region.” However, local Jewish leade