USSR

  • Oleh from Former USSR Found Frozen to Death

    A man found frozen to death last week in an abandoned warehouse in Rehovot has been identified as a senior engineer in the former Soviet Union’s space program who immigrated to Israel two years ago. The man, Viacheslav Gelbob, 32, had been unable to find work in his field once he came to Israel and… More ▸

  • ’92 Aliyah from Ex-ussr Topped 64,000

    A total of 64,057 people made aliyah from the republics of the former Soviet Union last year, according to figures released this week by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. The number includes 6,745 immigrants who arrived in Israel last month, a slight increase from the November rate of 6,544. In addition, 4,044 Jews from… More ▸

  • Aliyah Level Rose in November but Fell Slightly from Ex-ussr

    A total of 7,664 immigrants arrived in Israel during November, the highest monthly total this calendar year. Immigration from the republics of the former Soviet Union actually dipped a bit, totaling 6,544 arrivals, compared to 6,832 in October and 6,725 in September. An additional 2,896 Jews from the Soviet successor states arrived in the United… More ▸

  • Increase in Visa Requests Indicates Emigration from Ex-ussr on the Rise

    The emigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union has increased in the last two months due to political instability here and fading hopes for the eventual stabilization of the economy, according to an Israeli Embassy official here who is responsible for emigration matters. Around 6,000 Israeli immigrant visas were issued in September and October,… More ▸

  • Vienna Gets a Sephardic Synagogue to Serve Immigrants of Former USSR

    The president of Austria raised a glass in a toast of "L’chayim" this week to help inaugurate Vienna’s first new synagogue in 68 years. The presence of Thomas Klestil and other prominent Austrians underlined a clearly perceptible improvement in the atmosphere since Kurt Waldheim stepped down as president last year amid continued focus on his… More ▸

  • Anti-jewish Feelings Stronger in Republics of the Former USSR

    Anti-Jewish feeling in the republics of the former Soviet Union has increased over the past 18 months, according to a survey sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. The findings of the survey on attitudes toward Jews, other groups and the Middle East conflict were made public Thursday simultaneously in Moscow and New York. Conducted in… More ▸

  • Israel Resigned to Less Aliyah at This Time from Former USSR

    Israel is resigned to diminished aliyah from the former Soviet Union at the present time. Although the Jewish Agency will continue to try to increase the number of immigrants, it has learned to live with the fact that for the time being, many Jews in the former Soviet republics have decided to stay put, Simcha… More ▸

  • Jews in Former USSR Gather to Decide Whether to Work As Unified Community

    Delegates from the far reaches of Siberia to the coast of Estonia gathered this week in this historic center of Jewish culture to decide whether Jews of the former Soviet Union should continue working together as a united Jewish community. There was talk of aliyah and anti-Semitism, and heated exchanges over internal finances, But the… More ▸

  • Head of Ncsj Warns U.S. Senate of Danger to Jews in Former USSR

    A Soviet Jewry advocate warned at a Senate hearing this week that Jews living in the republics of the former Soviet Union could become victims of a “mass outbreak of violence” if those new nations are overtaken by economic or political crises. Martin Wenick, executive director of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry spoke before… More ▸