Maxim D. Shrayer, born in Moscow in 1967, is a professor at Boston College and the author, most recently, of Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story, a National Jewish Book Award finalist. He is also the editor of Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories by his father, David Shrayer-Petrov, a Wallant Award finalist.
Even as we celebrate the great advances of post-Soviet Jewish communities, we need to remain vigilant.
Outwardly secure and flourishing, the community is a fraction of its former size and dwindling. What troubles the minds of those who stay?
It was early 1987, and Jewish emigration was at a virtual standstill. What better way than a drama of victory over ancient enemies to sustain our own hope of escape?
Youthful encounters with the late Vladimir Slepak, the “stately bull” who helped win freedom for Soviet Jews.