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  • Simchat Torah draws a crowd in Russia

    Russian Jews who now can worship freely recall how, in Soviet times, Simchat Torah was the one holiday they felt bold enough to celebrate openly.

  • Russian Jewish businessman fights verdict

    The stiff prison sentence handed down to Russian businessman and Jewish leader Mikhail Mirilashvili, who insists he is innocent, is sending shock waves through Russia’s second-largest Jewish community.

  • Profiles of Russian Jews

    Three Russian Jews who rediscovered their Jewish heritage reveal what connects them to their religion and how they express it in their everyday lives.

  • Jewish angle in Russian legal case?

    The fraud charges against two high-ranking Jewish businessmen who work for Russia´s second largest oil company are eliciting mixed reactions from the Jewish community. Some observers say the investigation has anti-Semitic undertones.

  • Jewish remains excavated in Belarus

    As a 300-year-old Jewish cemetery in Belarus is being dug up to expand a soccer stadium, European Jewish leaders are adamantly opposing construction on the historic site. Excavation of the burial site has led to vandalism and looting in recent weeks.

  • Russians raise money for terror victims

    A Russian Jewish fund raising effort not only is helping Israelis injured in Palestinian terror attacks, but may give ordinary Russian Jews their first taste of philanthropic giving.

  • Russian stance on Iran nukes not set

    Russia´s leadership has indicated in the past two weeks that it is ready to rethink its long-standing nuclear cooperation with Iran – but experts agree that Moscow has not yet decided to ban such cooperation.

  • Putin: Wary eye on Iran

    Russia has suspended delivery of nuclear materials to Iran until there is more transparency in Tehran’s use of sensitive technologies, President Vladimir Putin told a visiting delegation of U.S. Jewish leaders. He acknowledged that materials sold to Iran

  • Belarus cemetery controversy

    The Jewish community in the Belarusian city of Mogilev is angry over a government decision to open the Jewish cemetery to non-Jews. Graves marked with crosses can now be seen throughout the cemetery, and a decision by the mayor to close the cemetery to a

  • Russian Jews get new group

    Leaders of a new Orthodox rabbinical group are hoping that increases in Jewish knowledge and lifestyle among Russia’s Jews will help them entice Israeli Orthodox rabbis, hit by Israel’s economic crisis, to come to Russia.