The Changing Russian-Jewish Community and the American-Jewish Response

By Dmitri Glinski

eJewish Philanthropy, May 4, 2011

The transformation of the Jewish Agency for Israel since the ascent of Natan Sharansky to its helm has inadvertently generated discussions in American-Jewish media on the Russian-speaking Jews, their perspectives and visions of the global Jewish communal enterprise, and their evolving place in the concept of Jewish peoplehood. This should be welcomed as a healthy, much-needed dialogue between U.S.-born Jews (80% of whom today have Russian-speaking ancestors) and the Russian-speaking minority (the largest in our communal world, making up to 20 percent of all Jews in New York and 15 percent around the country), a dialogue that should help promote a truly inclusive Jewish identity, fully representative of its constituent parts. This is particularly so since most of Russian-Jewish communal and organizational life, full of discussions that are often as rich in content and meaning as those in the Manhattan-based synagogues and agencies, goes unnoticed or is treated as irrelevant by many of the American-Jewish world.

Topic: Programming, Socioeconomic Status, Russian Jews, Immigration, Acculturation, Economy

Editor: Brown, Dan

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Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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