(photo credit: MOSHE BUKHMAN)
‘When I go to a café or bar in Jerusalem, nobody speaks Hebrew to me. They try English, French or German,” says the blond-haired, blue-eyed Lena Trayberman. “My friends think I must work in the Mossad,” she jokes. The 27-year-old immigrant from Crimea is, in fact, a Jewish resident and not a gentile tourist. Her appearance helped her avoid some of the antisemitism common in her native land – a Black Sea peninsula in the southern region of Ukraine with ties to both Ukraine and Russia.