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  • How to revive Judaism in a closed city?

    In the once-proseperous “closed nuclear city” of Krasnoyarsk, Jewish life stagnates as residents are seldom permitted to travel. Activists are struggling to help the city’s Jewish community, despite government interference.

  • From the Bronx to Siberia

    In 1932, as waves of Russian Jews left in pursuit of the American dream, Jacob Gurevitch and his parents boarded a boat in the Bronx headed in the opposite direction. They were pioneers in a different sort of Promised Land: a Jewish homeland in Russia’s F

  • A city’s leader may leave for Israel

    Vladimir Yankelevitch, who has helped make Vladivostok’s Jewish community into one of Russia’s most independent, is worn down by his efforts and may leave this exotic port along the Chinese border for Israel. The city’s Jews dread the thought of life with

  • In closed city, Jews still afraid

    Closed nuclear cities like Ozersk were a Soviet state secret and didn’t even appear on maps until the 1990s. Many of Ozersk’s Jews remain so scarred by Soviet-era fear that they continue to shun aid offered by world Jewry.

  • Holocaust memorial dedicated in Latvia

    After weeks of discord over an inscription, a Holocaust memorial was unveiled in Latvia commemorating the 1941 murder of 27,000 residents of the Riga Ghetto in a nearby forest.

  • Reward program for Nazis runs new ads

    A reward for information on Nazi war criminals has led the Lithuanian government to investigate possible war crimes in two of the country’s villages. Similar ads are slated to run in Latvia and Estonia.

  • Shoah memorial inscription prompts debate

    Latvian Jewish leaders and officials in the capital, Riga, are in a dispute over the inscription on a Holocaust memorial. The Jewish community insists that it mention that Latvian volunteers participated in the slaughter. A commission appointed by Riga re

  • NATO aspirants focus on Jewish issues

    Later this month, seven nations will clear a crucial hurdle toward full membership in NATO, but will remain under close scrutiny to ensure they follow through on promises regarding “value issues,” including how they handle Jewish affairs.

  • Righteous Gentiles given thanks

    A dozen Righteous Gentiles in Minsk convene twice a month for dinner courtesy of the JDC, a small yet symbolic expression of gratitude to an aging group of Belarussians who shielded Jews in World War II.

  • Rewards for info on war criminals

    A program offering $10,000 rewards for information that leads to the conviction and punishment of any Nazi war criminal worldwide is an effort to turn up credible witnesses on Nazi crimes before it’s too late.