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  • TEN YEARS AFTER THE WALL Jewish centers offer safety net for elderly in former Soviet Union

    YEKATERINBURG, Russia, Sept. 28 (JTA) — Evgeniya Fridman pours into a glass jar some of the free soup she’s just received at a soup kitchen here. “These lunches give us life,” says Fridman, as she adds more food to the jar. The leftovers will serve as her dinner, she explains. “I will have it at…

  • TEN YEARS AFTER THE WALL Elderly Russians rediscover their Jewish roots through JDC centers

    YEKATERINBURG, Russia, Sept. 28 (JTA) — Lev Entin, a 90-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, has spent the past year relearning something he spent most of his life trying to forget: his Judaism. Entin”s father was a shochet, or ritual slaughterer, and until Entin was 12, he attended a cheder, or Jewish school. But after that,…

  • TEN YEARS AFTER THE WALL Russian city’s Jews reconnect with heritage, and one another

    TULA, Russia, Sept. 1 (JTA) — For decades, Faina and Anatoly Sanevich kept their Judaism private. Natives of Ukraine, where they both survived Nazi ghettos as small children, the couple spoke Yiddish to each other at home. But unwilling to complicate their children”s lives, they spoke Russian with their two sons. Every Passover they would…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Dagestan’s Jews fear Islamic rebels fighting Moscow, ‘Zionist&#82

    MOSCOW, Aug. 24 (JTA) — After several weeks of bloody clashes with Russian forces, Muslim insurgents in Dagestan have declared they are moving to the next stage in their struggle to impose Islamic rule in the area— the fight against “Zionist” domination. In a statement posted on the Islamic rebels’ Web site, insurgent leader Shamil…

  • After Bay Area Jews lead battle, a synagogue is dedicated in Russia

    MOSCOW, Aug. 15 (JTA) — Sometimes it pays to speak up. That’s the lesson the tiny Jewish community in the Russian town of Borovichi learned last week when it reaped the harvest of a campaign triggered in 1998, when Jewish officials there reported an increase in neo-Nazi activities. Local Jews, town officials and a group…

  • Russian government shake-up has Jewish community nervous

    MOSCOW, Aug. 10 (JTA) — Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s latest Cabinet reshuffling could hinder the government’s ability to crack down on anti-Semitism, according to Russian Jewish leaders. “There is little grounds for optimism when we call on the government to ensure stability but there is no stability with the government itself,” said Pavel Feldblum, the…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Barak gets a warm welcome in Moscow, despite differences

    MOSCOW, Aug. 2 (JTA) — Top Russian officials extended Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s honeymoon during his 24-hour trip here this week. Along with Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s first public condemnation of the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks, Russia’s desire to play a more prominent role in the Middle East and the transfer of Russian…

  • The mayor of Moscow gives thanks with shul that disaster was averted

    MOSCOW, July 29 (JTA) — In a surprise show of solidarity with the Jewish community, Moscow’s mayor has participated in a thanksgiving ceremony with a congregation that narrowly escaped a bombing earlier this week. Yuri Luzhkov, who was the first high-ranking official to condemn Sunday’s attempted bombing of the Bolshaya Bronnaya synagogue, took part in…

  • More fears raised as Russian mayor backs anti-Semitic, nationalist group

    MOSCOW, July 27 (JTA) — The Communist mayor of a southern Russian city has backed Russia’s largest ultranationalist organization, giving credence to the group’s claims that it has supporters in high places. Stavropol Mayor Mikhail Kuzmin voiced his support for the Russian National Unity group in a meeting earlier this month with Russia’s interior minister,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Bomb discovered in Moscow shul heightens security fears in Russia

    MOSCOW, July 25 (JTA) — A rabbi’s 12-year-old son has prevented a bomb from going off inside a Moscow synagogue. The incident at the Bolshaya Bronnaya shul — in which no one was hurt — came less than two weeks after a Moscow Jewish leader was stabbed inside another synagogue in the Russian capital. The…