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Ida Nudel. Credit: Jonathan Feldstein.

Soviet Jewish activist and refusenik Ida Nudel dies in Israel at age 90

Ida Nudel, a leading activist and Zionist who sought permission for 16 years to leave the former Soviet Union and move to Israel, died on Tuesday at the age of 90. Nudel was born in the former...
Isi Leibler. Photo: Courtesy.

The moral courage of Isi Leibler

The death in Jerusalem of Isi Leibler at the age of 86 has robbed the Jewish world of one of its towering figures at a time when it is particularly ill-equipped for such a...
Isi Leibler. Photo: Courtesy.

Soldiering on for the Jews and Israel

Reading a biography about a friend is a mixed experience. On the one hand, the protagonist is familiar. On the other, he’s a complete stranger, whose story unfolds like that of a fictional character...
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Artem Okun leads a Jewish educational seminar for young Jews in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Credit: JDC.

A lesson in Hanukkah miracles from post-Soviet Jews

We Jews are no strangers to miracles, but in the great tales of Divine deliverance, the Hanukkah story feels like the runt of the litter. Compared to the parting of the Red Sea or the...
American-born Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi holds “I Am My Brothers Keeper” sign circa 1970. Credit: Courtesy.

50th anniversary of Leningrad trial sparks memories, educational initiatives

On Dec. 15, 1970, a small item appeared at the top of page three of The New York Times under the jarring headline, ‘Soviets Reported Trying 11, Mostly Jews, in Hijacking.’ Few could have predicted that...
Candles lit in remembrance of the Holocaust. Credit: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Remembering the Holocaust in a post-‘sacred survival’ era

For several decades, the Holocaust shaped the way American Jews thought about their place in the modern world. For the generation that arose in the aftermath of World War II, the Shoah was the...
Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef at a conference in Rosh Pina, Northern Israel. Aug. 22, 2018. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Netanyahu lauds Soviet immigrants, criticizes harsh remarks by chief rabbi

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized as “outrageous and inappropriate” recent comments by Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi about immigrants from the former Soviet Union. According to Ynet, at a rabbinical gathering in Jerusalem last week, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef...
Incoming Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog with outgoing chairman Natan Sharansky at the board of governors conference of the Jewish Agency at the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem on June 24, 2018. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Natan Sharansky is awarded 2020 Genesis Prize

Natan Sharansky, the former Russian Prisoner of Zion who would later become head of Israel’s Jewish Agency, was named on Tuesday as the winner of the 2020 Genesis Prize in recognition of his “extraordinary...