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Can Officially Sanctioned Soviet Yiddish Culture Be Cool? Where Are the Queers? And Other Tablet Soviet Week Questions

Rokhl’s Golden City: Jewish Bolsheviks, Yiddish songs, ‘Comrade Stalin,’ and the year that changed the world

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From Radiohead to Klezmer

My winding journey through music mirrored my journey of Jewish discovery

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John V. Lindsay Builds a Sukkah

How a liberal mayor learned to embrace Jews’ international and cultural concerns to court their vote, and changed New York City politics

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Morris Abram and the Perversion of Equality in America

As the Civil Rights activist and former Brandeis president nears his centennial, are we any closer to his goals for liberty and justice for all within the law?

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New Doc Details 1970 Refusenik-led Escape Attempt to Israel

‘Operation Wedding’ is directed by Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, whose parents led the Leningrad plane hijacking that was ultimately foiled by the KGB

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My Struggle for Soviet Jewry, and Kate Shtein

The epic story of how one American Jew became ‘twinned’ with a coreligionist in Soviet Russia he eventually helped bring to freedom—and why it taught him so much about true resistance and activism

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A Graphic Account of a Soviet Daughter

Julia Alekseyeva’s moving tale of her great-grandmother, a Russian refugee, and the perils and promises of idealism

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Reality Bites, for Immigrants With Smartphones

Lara Vapnyar’s ‘timely’ and ‘insightful’ new novel, ‘Still Here,’ wonders what the American dream looks like to former Russians

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How an American Jewish Opera Star Accidentally Launched the Soviet Jewish Movement

The 60th anniversary of Jan Peerce’s landmark Cold War Moscow show, where a final encore pointed the way to deliverance

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A Fourth of July Story

Independence Day is doubly special for the legendary refusenik Natan Sharansky and his family. He sits down for a wide-ranging interview about his wife Avital, love among Jewish people, and the promise of freedom.

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The Matzo Cover That Made ‘Next Year in Jerusalem’ More Than a Mantra

My father smuggled Jewish artifacts into the Soviet Union. He took back to Israel a matzo cover signed by Soviet Jews who hoped against hope one day to join him–and did.

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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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