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Woo! Woo! Statue of Liberty in Sheepshead Bay!

A Jewish refugee from Uzbekistan had an American Dream

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Am I Like Rachel Dolezal?

‘I performed Jewish. I lived Jewish. And nobody owns the right to tell me if I am Jewish or not.’

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Arthur Miller’s Forgotten Masterpiece

‘Incident at Vichy,’ a play about rounding up Jews and Roma, held lessons for Soviet Refuseniks

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‘Tzena Tzena’ Composer Issachar Miron Dies

Acclaimed Israeli writer and poet brought Jewish music to the masses 

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Remembering Ralph Goldman, Lifelong Champion of the Jewish State

The ardent Zionist and devoted Jewish civil servant died last week at age 100

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David Bezmozgis’ Brilliant Alt-History of an Adulterous Sharansky Who Never Was

New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry

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Technology Helps U.S. Jews Track Gaza Conflict From Afar

The latest in a long tradition of creatively supporting embattled Jews abroad

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Criminal Attachments: Immigration, Family, and Fraud in Soviet Brooklyn

Boris Fishman’s dark new novel explores the tensions between a grandson and his elders as he evolves into an American

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The Head of the Jewish Community of Ukraine Speaks Out Against Putin

Soviet dissident and Freedom Prize winner Josef Zissels becomes a Ukrainian Jew

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Soviet Jewry Activist Jacob Birnbaum Dies at 87

Mobilized student involvement in the campaign to free Soviet Jews

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Soviet Emigres Get Stuck in the Past in ‘Stateless’

By focusing on their departure only, the film misses what the migrants became

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Avigdor Lieberman Speaks Russian in Brooklyn

The Israeli foreign minister met with fellow Soviet Jewish émigrés last night

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‘Little Failure’ Is Big Success by Ex-Right-Wing Soviet Jew Who Went to Oberlin, Therapy

Gary Shteyngart’s new memoir is a touching meditation on the origins, nature, and limits of humor

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Why Soviet Jews Have ‘Christmas’ Trees

The secret story of a secular celebration

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Edgar Bronfman Dies at 84

The billionaire philanthropist built and bankrolled many Jewish causes

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As Pro-European Protests Seize Ukraine, Jewish Oligarch Victor Pinchuk Is a Bridge to the West

The steel magnate—son-in-law of the former president and once a symbol of post-Soviet nepotism—now advocates for the rule of law

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The Things Refuseniks Carried Out of the Soviet Union

On the 26th anniversary of Freedom Sunday, a photographer uses objects to look at the immigrant experience

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Kissinger

The influential former secretary of state—courtier, careerist, proud American, conflicted Jew—turns 90

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New York, Capital of the Jews

A film and several books spotlight the 1970s—when the city embraced Soviet Jews, and a new world was born

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How We Freed Soviet Jewry

A look back and a look forward

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Bulldozing Soviet Art

A series of exhibits focuses on Oscar Rabine. Did his 1978 exile to Paris clear new ground for dissident art?

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A Look Back at a Soviet Simchat Torah

An unlikely celebration from Moscow–40 years ago

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I’m Getting Bat Mitzvahed on Birthright

A Tableteer explains why she’s taking the plunge, along with a dozen others on the bus

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Orthodox Art Photographer Spy

The Russian immigrant Anna Shteynshleyger, a formerly observant Jew in the contemporary art world, creates lush, melancholy, Edenic works

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Revealed

A new English-language translation of the short stories of Soviet writer Der Nister, or The Hidden One, brings his enigmatic Yiddish work to light

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Keeping Score

In a new collection, One to Nothing, Russian-born photographer Irina Rozovsky portrays an unsettled Israel in struggle with itself

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Odessa Story: Reading Isaac Babel in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Black Sea port has lost most of its Jews, but not the vestiges of the muddled, criminal city Isaac Babel imagined

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Southwest Passage

Leaving the Soviet Union in 1989, my mother and I took the so-called Passage of Guilt through Italy, waiting for permission to enter America. Surviving a Southern European winter was the hard part.

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La Dolce Vita

The Free World, David Bezmozgis’ novel about a family of Soviet émigrés stuck in Rome waiting for visas to North America, explores the joys—and costs—of newfound liberty

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Purgatorio

As a child, writer David Bezmozgis was among the Soviet refugees who waited in a seaside Italian village for a visa to the U.S. or Canada. His novel The Free World explores the grittier side of life there.