Russian Jewry

If victory in the Six-Day War was a mixed blessing, the Russian aliyah was just a blessing.

Nov. 30 2020 12:01AM

At the end of the 1980s, Israel was barely managing its finances and its security. Then a substantial part of the professional and cultural elite of a superpower showed up.

Nov. 23 2020 12:01AM

The Israeli journalist and author of our November essay joins us to talk about the lives featured in his work.

Nov. 19 2020 12:27AM

The Israeli government categorizes many of the Russian immigrants as “Israelis of no religion” because they do not satisfy the demands of an overbearing rabbinic establishment.

Nov. 16 2020 12:01AM

Unlike earlier waves of immigrants, the million East Europeans who made their way to the Jewish state in the 1990s managed to escape the cultural strip-mining that awaited them.

Nov. 9 2020 12:01AM

Three decades ago, a million emigres from Eastern Europe arrived in Israel, increasing its population by 20 percent almost overnight and changing its culture forever. What’s their story?

Nov. 2 2020 12:17AM

A fictional peddler reflects on the imponderability of anti-Semitism.

Sholem Aleichem
Sept. 21 2020 12:01AM

The Gunzburgs.

Josh Meyers
May 19 2020 12:01AM

The women’s self-recorded experiences are utterly disparate, but both offer a potent antidote to any sentimental nostalgia for life in the age of Sholom Aleichem.

Feb. 25 2020 12:01AM

To ex-KGB officers, Jews are extremely powerful.

Yevgenia Albats
Feb. 4 2020 12:01AM

A memoirist sheds light on the shtetl’s social conflicts.

Doba-Mera Medvedeva and Alice Nakhimovsky
Oct. 3 2019 12:01AM

Jacob Dinezon’s The Dark Young Man.

Rokhl Kafrissen
Aug. 29 2019 12:01AM

Once a bustling, but unliterary, Jewish community.

July 26 2019 12:01AM