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  • Venerable Siberian shul burns down

    A fire ravaged the oldest synagogue in Siberia. Arson is not seen as the likely cause of the blaze that seared the Soldiers Synagogue, the only shul in Irkutsk.

  • Russian Jewish Olympic presence dwindles

    Jewish emigration to Israel has bolstered the Jewish state’s Olympic team, but it has greatly reduced the number of Jews competing for Russia. In the Athens Games, there may only be one Jewish athlete on the Russian squad.

  • 15 years of helping women in the former Soviet Union

    Members of Project Kesher celebrated their 15th anniversary during a trip to the former Soviet Union. The project, supported by Jewish women activists in the United States, has become one of the most successful Jewish women’s groups in the region.

  • Jews close synagogue in Vilnius

    A dispute over Lithuania’s Jewish community’s leadership has forced the only synagogue in the country’s capital to close for the first time since the Holocaust.

  • Celebration highlights Russian Jews’ progress

    The crowd that gathered at Moscow’s Choral Synagogue to celebrate Israel Independence Day showed just how far the Russian Jewish community has come since the collapse of Communism, an era when many Jews were afraid to acknowledge their heritage.

  • Russian Jews make Forbes list

    A list of Russian billionaires in Forbes magazine that features at least nine Jewish tycoons has some Russian Jews worried that the rankings may reinforce anti-Semitic stereotypes.

  • Passion’ plays in Russia

    A Russian human rights group said it would examine the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the producers of the movie “The Passion of the Christ” and the Russian company that is distributing it.

  • Religious leaders of the FSU unite

    A new interfaith group in the former Soviet Union has passed a resolution condemning terrorism — and could become a defender of minority rights in the region.

  • Jews unmoved by Putin’s win

    After he easily won re-election, Russian President Vladimir Putin made sure to address widespread concern about democracy in Russia — a concern that kept many Jews from from going to the polls to take part in an election with few realistic options.

  • ‘Mountain Jewish’ leader killed in Moscow

    The motive for killing the leader of Russia´s so-called Mountain Jews is unknown, but many Jewish leaders suspect the murder had more to do with his business operations than his religion.