Miscellaneous

October 3, 2013

While there is a strict gag order on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Ambassador Martin S. Indyk, lead American peace negotiator, did share some thoughts about the process during his talk at the J Street gala. He asked the rhetorical question, “What is different this time?” To this, Indyk said, No. 1 is that the key “enemies of CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
September 25, 2013

Jonathan Kolker was the treasurer of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in the early 1990s and was one of the first on the ground in the Former Soviet Union to assist with Jews who chose not to emigrate but rather to sustain their lives in Eastern Europe. Odessa was one of the first major CONTINUE »

September 25, 2013

Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Ethan Bortnick Performs The Gordon Center For Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills Russian-born Ethan Bortnick, 13, began playing on a toy piano when he was 3. Today, this piano prodigy holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest musician to host a solo CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
September 25, 2013

How Many Soviet Jews Were There? In 1986, an averaging of figures by Western demographers suggests that there may have been 2 million to 2.5 million Jews in the U.S.S.R., making it the third-largest Jewish population in the world outside of the U.S. and Israel. In 1986, Soviet Jews represented approximately 65 percent of European CONTINUE »