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A Crack in the Iron Curtain: Freeing Sharansky

ADST | Posted 03.20.2017 | Home

I remember, it was 6:00 am and I got a telephone call. It was a bright, shiny day in June. "Bill, somebody here would like to talk to you." Sharansky came on the phone, "Hello Mr. Woessner. I want to thank you. I want to thank the American people. I want to thank the American President. Thank you very much."

Moscow's Newest Club Is Totally Kosher

Jewish Telegraphic Agency | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

(JTA) — A Russian Jewish group is preparing to open a kosher nightclub in the center of Moscow....

A Boarding School for Rabbis and Beauty Queens

Diana Bletter | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Diana Bletter

In the whole wide world, there's no other boarding school for at-risk teenagers that can boast a beauty queen and a rabbi among its graduates. That's just one reason that Kfar Hassidim Youth Village, near Haifa, Israel, is special.

Nasrin Sotoudeh And The March Of Objects

Marina Furman | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Marina Furman

Iranian human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh sits starving in a prison cell in Tehran. Twenty-five years ago that was me. The prison was Leningrad, but the story was the same: a mother of young children punished by a dictatorial regime, yearning for the basic freedoms Americans sometimes take for granted.

Russian Jews Face Continual Challenges As Country Seeks To Be A Global Player

Karina Ioffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karina Ioffee

Russia, a country of 140 million, is trying to reinvent itself to become a global player. But it's also an Orthodox Christian country. That makes carving out a space for Jewish life a continual challenge.