This week on Unorthodox, how Chinese food and movies became a Jewish Yuletide classic, the Jews behind your favorite Christmas songs, and why Soviet Jews have ‘Christmas’ trees
Clinging to old superstitions connects me to my Soviet Jewish roots. But as a mother, I worry about making my children neurotic about the evil eye.
Natan Sharansky remembers his ‘loyal and dependable friend,’ Jewish refusenik and leader, who died yesterday
When people ask questions about my Soviet past, the answers aren’t easy. I’d rather be defined by my future.
As a Soviet Jewish émigré, I broke all ties to Russia and its language—or so I thought, until my daughter was born
Jews in Kiev say the protests were about democracy; others in Odessa believe the Maidan was full of Nazis. Now what?
Jews have lived in the area since ancient times, and leaders from Catherine the Great to Stalin encouraged their settlement there
Racist nationalists are not determining the direction of the Maidan movement
Russia has likened the protests to pogroms, but Jews have joined the movement because what’s at stake is an independent future
The Soviet Jewish émigré and the founder of an American organization for LGBT Russian-speakers says, ‘We’re all activists now’
The Ministry of Justice launches campaign to combat bigotry
Ella German declined Oswald’s proposal, putting him on course to return to the U.S.—where he would assassinate the president
The Russian-Jewish indie star headlines a benefit for HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, an aging philanthropy seeking new attention
Plus great old photos of great old Jews, and more
Soviet Jews survived by gaming the system, so it’s no surprise some felt entitled to fraudulently claim reparations from Germany
Today on Tablet
Preparing to officiate at my parents’ wedding-vow renewal, I discovered a connection to Judaism I didn’t know I had
Boxer Yuri Foreman is about to fight for the middleweight title. He’s also studying to be a rabbi.
Ted Kennedy—friend of Israel, champion of social justice, advocate for Soviet Jews—became part of our family
Woman, born a Soviet Jew, warns of Obama
Celebrating Hanukkah—and my grandfather’s birthday—whether behind drawn curtains in Latvia or openly in Canada