Soviet Jewry

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Yad Vashem opens exhibition 80 years since Operation Barbarossa

A new online exhibition tells unpublished accounts of Jewish families caught up in the horror of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union and the onset of the Holocaust.

New book explores Hillel's rebuilding Jewish life in former Soviet Union

Sprinkled throughout the book are many vignettes that illustrate Hillel’s approaches.


Isi Leibler reflects on a lifetime of leadership

“In my twilight years, I look back and say I’ve been privileged to live through one of the most tumultuous and rewarding periods in Jewish history."

Deciding life or death: Polish Jews and the wartime Soviet Union dilemma

Become modified Soviet citizens (which effectively required them to leave the area) or retain Polish citizenship and return to the territory controlled by Germany?


The surprising story of Jewish revival in the Former Soviet Union

Russia itself and also included Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Georgia have seen an increase in Hillel centers.

70 Brooklyn yeshivas supported by laundered money - report

Since the early 2000s, two Miami businessmen have run a "commercial empire," as Radio Free Europe report puts it, answering to the Ukranian-Israeli billionaire oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyy.

George Shultz, with book, at a 2017 Limmud FSU conference with, from left to right, Julius Berman, N

George Shultz hailed by Jewish leaders for helping free Soviet Jews

“He felt a special bond to the American Jewish community. Everyone could sense his humility, his integrity, the sincerity of his views, and his commitment and support for Israel."


Isi Leibler: A man with many missions

Leibler is arguably best known in Australia for championing the cause of Soviet Jewry.

Isi Leibler: Saving Soviet Jews and helping Israeli-Asian ties

His memories span almost a century that took the Jewish story from Eastern Europe to Antwerp, Melbourne and then to Jerusalem, through the struggles he fought for Jews in the Soviet Union and Israel.

A yolka tree in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia (Yelena VereshchakaTASS via Getty Images)

For former Soviet Union Jews, NYE always involves a Christmas-style tree

“But we’re Jewish, so why do we have a Christmas tree?” I recall thinking.

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