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  • Russian emigre finds Jews more open to Reform Judaism

    MOSCOW, April 29 (JTA) — When Victor Rashkovsky left the Soviet Union 25 years ago, he had, like most Soviet Jews, little Jewish knowledge. When Rashkovsky returned to Moscow earlier this month, he did so as a changed person — and with a purpose: Now a Reform rabbi, he came for two weeks to conduct…

  • Sharansky: Israel- Russia ties linked to Iran’s military effort

    MOSCOW, March 3 (JTA) — Natan Sharansky has made it clear that an expansion of Israeli-Russian ties depends on Moscow ending any assistance to Iran’s ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons programs. The former Prisoner of Zion, who is currently Israel’s trade and industry minister, conveyed that message during his two-day visit to the Russian capital…

  • Synagogue bombing prompts outrage, conspiracy theories

    NEW YORK, May 18 (JTA) — The bombing of a Moscow synagogue has prompted an unprecedented outcry from Russia’s political and religious leaders. Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the Foreign Ministry called the bombing an act of “barbarism” and said he expected the police to work actively in order to find those responsible for the…

  • Synagogue bombing rocks Latvian government, Jews

    MOSCOW, April 2 (JTA) — The Latvian government and the Baltic nation’s Jewish community are reeling from a bombing that seriously damaged the only synagogue in the Baltic nation’s capital city of Riga. “People are angry and they don’t know what to do,” Rabbi Mordechai Glazman, said in a telephone interview from Riga. The early…

  • Jews in Siberia split over bid by former general to win office

    MOSCOW, April 29 (JTA) — A nationalist’s victory in recent regional elections highlights the complexity of Jewish issues in contemporary Russian politics. Alexander Lebed, a retired general and former security adviser to President Boris Yeltsin, kept his presidential hopes alive by taking a surprising lead in the first round of voting for governor of Krasnoyarsk,…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Jews in southern Russia face anti-Semitic governor

    MOSCOW, March 15 (JTA) — The more things change, the more they remain the same. That appears to be the case in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, where officials are employing the centuries-old practices of anti-Semitism and employing Cossacks to impose law and order on the region’s minorities. Indeed, the situation has gotten so…

  • Synagogue bombing rocks Latvian government, Jews

    MOSCOW, April 5 (JTA) — The Latvian government and the Baltic nation’s Jewish community are reeling from a bombing that seriously damaged the only synagogue in the Baltic nation’s capital city of Riga. “People are angry and they don’t know what to do,” Rabbi Mordechai Glazman, said in a telephone interview from Riga. The early…

  • Estonia suspects Israelis performed illegal transplants

    MOSCOW, Feb. 3 (JTA) — Kidney transplants recently performed in Estonia have thrown the spotlight on the issue of Israeli organ transplants. The controversy, which one leading daily newspaper in the Baltic nation has labeled the “scandal of the year,” began in early January , when Israeli surgeons transplanted kidneys into Israeli patients at the…

  • Guide to Russian archives will aid Jewish researchers

    MOSCOW, March 22 (JTA) — A revolution for students of Russian Jewish life. That’s what one scholar is calling Jewish Documentary Sources in Moscow Archives: A Guide, recently published by a partnership between American and Russian institutions. “For Jewish scholarship, the archives in the former Soviet Union are a second Cairo Genizah,” David Fishman, chairman…

  • Israeli Embassy threatened amid growing tension in Latvia

    MOSCOW, April 9 (JTA) — The Israeli Embassy in Latvia is the latest target of a campaign against the country’s Jews. The embassy, which is located in the Latvian capital of Riga, received a bomb threat Thursday that paralyzed the work of the mission for more than two hours — no bomb was found. The…