Stories of life, death, and divided houses
A visit back to Russia, and an unceremonious encounter with the theatrics of the past
I knew it was out there somewhere
After losing many friends in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, I thought the deaths were over. Then this year I lost Kolya, an activist who’d become the face of HIV in Russia.
‘Incident at Vichy,’ a play about rounding up Jews and Roma, held lessons for Soviet Refuseniks
The murdered opposition leader represented the dilemmas of the Jewish politician in Putin’s Russia
The post-Soviet, postmodern illiberal kleptocracy as a harbinger and warning bell for—the West?
She was an enforcer of liberal morality in the face of cultish leader worship in the former Soviet Union. Who can take up her mantle?
The Shachar Club will serve kosher food and close for Shabbat
Century-old Soviet method of legitimizing national self-determination lives on
Jewish residents think about fleeing—if they have anywhere to go
An ambitious new park is set to transform the dilapidated neighborhood that was once the Russian capital’s first Jewish quarter
An international cast of characters is embroiled in a bizarre legal dispute over the late rabbi’s personal collection of books
A series of exhibits focuses on Oscar Rabine. Did his 1978 exile to Paris clear new ground for dissident art?
An unlikely celebration from Moscow–40 years ago
The Russian capital’s recent boom in kosher restaurants shows that kashrut isn’t just for Jews anymore
Shul attack, murder of immigrants, and the Dutch Kosher ban
Blumi Lazar’s nuptials—she’s the daughter of Berel Lazar, the chief rabbi of Russia—attracted 1,500 people to one of Moscow’s biggest parks, a scene that was unimaginable just 20 years ago
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