Poll: Israelis from FSU very connected to Judaism

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
May 24, 2012 17:48




The million or so immigrants that came to Israel former Soviet Union during the 1990s have sometimes been accused of having tenuous ties to Judaism, but a recent survey shows they feel passionately about their religious identity.

An overwhelming 93 percent of Israelis with a background in the FSU said they regularly celebrated holidays like Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashana and Passover, according to a poll released by a Jewish group on Wednesday.

The survey commissioned by Shroashim, an organization that facilitates state-sanctioned conversions for Russian-speaking Israelis to Judaism, gauged the community's relationship with religion.

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