USSR

  • Behind the Headlines: Jews in Moslem Lands of Old USSR Frightened by Growing Instability

    The estimated 250,000 Jews who live in the six Moslem republics of the former Soviet Union feel endangered by the unstable conditions as the newly independent states seek to define themselves. Political instability, deteriorating economic conditions, ethnic conflicts, increased anti-Semitism and rising Islamic fundamentalism are all contributing to the fears of Jews in Central Asia,… More ▸

  • Aliyah from Former USSR Up a Bit, but Still Behind Last Year’s Level

    Immigration to Israel rose by nearly a quarter in March, but the level is still far below last year’s total for the month. The number of olim from the former Soviet republics rose 16 percent in March, but was still the second lowest monthly total since January 1990. Aliyah from North America, on the other… More ▸

  • Conference Held in Britain to Deter Missionizing of Jews in Former USSR

    British Jewry has expressed alarm over missionary activity aimed at Jews in the republics of the former Soviet Union, including many on their way to Israel. The first international conference organized to combat the phenomenon heard an urgent message from the Rabbinical Alliance of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic Republics. These missionary… More ▸

  • Jews from USSR Who Made Aliyah Lose Group Bid for Dutch Asylum

    A group of Jews from the former Soviet Union who came here after immigrating to Israel lost a collective appeal for asylum in the Netherlands. But their lawyer thinks they may do better if they appeal individually. The group, which is calling itself Exodus, was turned down by the president of The Hague District Court… More ▸

  • Second Ship Arrives in Israel Carrying Olim from Former USSR

    A ship carrying 387 immigrants from the republics that formally constituted the Soviet Union arrived Monday in the port of Haifa. It was the second shipload of immigrants to arrive in Israel in two weeks and served as another reminder of the days of the Jewish state’s first immigrants, who made the journey by sea…. More ▸

  • End of USSR Means Hardships for Jews and Others in Cuba

    For the 892 Jews of Cuba, the disappearance of their country’s protector and patron, the Soviet Union, means pretty much what it means for the other 10 million inhabitants of the island: shortages. “It is very, very hard for all the Cubans,” Moises Asis, Cuba’s lone teacher of Judaism, said in a recent interview here…. More ▸

  • More Than 145,000 Jews from USSR Made Aliyah During Its Final Year

    The Soviet Union may have ceased to exist, but the stampede of Jews surging from its 15 former republics continued without interruption in 1991, despite a slight dip this fall. According to the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, a total of 145,005 Jews from the former USSR made aliyah in 1991, bringing overall immigration to… More ▸

  • Russian Orthodox Church Leader Invites Jews to Moscow for Talks

    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, calling for greater cooperation between his faith and the Jewish people, has invited a delegation of Jewish leaders to visit Moscow to establish a formal dialogue. Aleksy II, patriarch of Moscow and primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, which claims some 70 million adherents, also condemned anti-Semitism during… More ▸

  • El Al to Begin Direct Flights for Olim from Russia and Latvia

    El Al is planning to begin direct flights to Israel for emigres from Russia and Latvia on Dec. 1, airline President Rafi Harlev announced here Wednesday. He said an agreement on weekly flights from Riga and St. Petersburg — formerly Leningrad–is expected within a matter of days. “The Soviet Foreign Ministry has decided not to… More ▸