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  • Ariel Sharon finds sympathy in Russia

    MOSCOW, Sept. 9 (JTA) — When Israel’s then-prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, visited Moscow in 1994, he was widely booed by a group of Russian Jews who considered him a traitor for signing peace accords with the Palestinians. The protesters even tried to hurl rotten tomatoes at Rabin. But when current Prime Minister Ariel Sharon entered…

  • Ariel Sharon finds sympathy in Russia

    MOSCOW, Sept. 9 (JTA) — When Israel’s then-prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, visited Moscow in 1994, he was widely booed by a group of Russian Jews who considered him a traitor for signing peace accords with the Palestinians. The protesters even tried to hurl rotten tomatoes at Rabin. But when current Prime Minister Ariel Sharon entered…

  • For Jews in former USSR, it’s a mixed bag

    MOSCOW, Sept. 3 (JTA) — On the rainy evening of Aug. 20, 1991, Leonid Kartashov brought a blue- and-white Israeli flag when he joined the 50,000 people who mobilized to defend the Moscow White House against a possible attack from anti-democratic forces. As Kartashov waved the Star of David over the crowd — a number…

  • For Jews in former USSR, it’s a mixed bag

    MOSCOW, Sept. 3 (JTA) — On the rainy evening of Aug. 20, 1991, Leonid Kartashov brought a blue- and-white Israeli flag when he joined the 50,000 people who mobilized to defend the Moscow White House against a possible attack from anti-democratic forces. As Kartashov waved the Star of David over the crowd — a number…

  • Burned Russian synagogue restored

    MOSCOW, Aug. 27 (JTA) — Local officials and Jewish leaders in the Russian city of Ryazan appear to agree that the fire that damaged the city’s only synagogue earlier this month was arson, but not an outburst of anti- Semitism. But they disagree about the state of ethnic tension in Ryazan, located south of Moscow….

  • Future for rural Ukrainian Jews seen as bleak

    MUNKACS, Ukraine, Aug. 20 (JTA) — Rabbi Chaim Hoffman doesn’t see a Jewish future here in rural Ukraine. “The elderly will pass on, and the place of the young is in Israel. I feel it as a mitzvah to bring all of them to Israel,” Hoffman recently told JTA. Despite the gloomy prediction, Hoffman and…

  • Russian Jews blame arson on political feud

    KOSTROMA, Russia, Aug. 5 (JTA) — A recent arson attack on the synagogue here is the result of a feud between two local politicians, according to a local Jewish leader. The 1,500 members of Kostroma’s Jewish community are on good terms with the city’s mayor — indeed, one community member is a deputy mayor of…

  • Jews from the Caucasus: A dying breed?

    They’ve been living in the Caucasus region of the former Soviet Union for more than 1,000 years. But post- Soviet turmoil is causing an exodus of the “Mountain Jews” that is prompting some to worry that their distinct language and culture may be lost.

  • Russian Jews accuse Solzhenitsyn of altering history

    MOSCOW, July 23 (JTA) — Nobel Prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn is being accused of distorting the history of Russian Jewry in his new book on Russian-Jewish relations. In the introduction to “200 Years Together,” a 500-page treatise, the famed novelist says he is “appealing to both sides, Russian and Jewish, to come to patient understanding…

  • Jews from the Caucasus: A dying breed?

    MOSCOW, June 5 (JTA) — The fall of communism has prompted so many renaissances in Jewish life across Eastern Europe that the phrase almost has become a cliche. But post-Soviet turmoil has jeopardized the existence of “Mountain Jews,” as Jews from the Caucasus region are known. Until the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, most…