Allan Arkush has published a review of Bukharan Jews and the Dynamics of Global Judaism in Jewish Ideas Daily. To read click here.
Please join me on Thursday, April 4, 6:30 PM. I will be speaking at the Center for Jewish History in New York. Get your free tickets here.In May, I'll be at the 92nd Street Y, and at the Queens Y. For schedule details, see here.
What is "Global Judaism" and where do Boston's Jewish communities fit in? What ties America's Ashkenazi Jewish population to Central Asia's Bukharan Jews? Please join me this week at one (or more) of my speaking engagements in the Boston area! For details, click here
"Until the fall of 2007, Michelle Malakova’s family life was much like that of other children whose parents hate each other and have separated," writes journalist Janet Malcolm. Then Michelle witnessed her father's murder at the hands of a hit-man hired by her own mother.
In her 2011 book, Iphigenia in Forest Hills, Malcolm tells the story of Daniel Malakov's murder, which shook the Bukharan Jewish community in Queens, NY. Now in the New York Review of Books, Malcolm focuses on the aftermath. Tension between the Malakov and Borokhova families remains charged, and the question of custody has still not been resolved. What will happen to Michelle? For the first of three articles, read here
International gathering of Bukharian Jews to mark 40 years since the start of their en masse migration from Soviet Central Asia.
Sunday, October 21 in Queens, NY
Roshnoyi (Light), the Bukharian Jewish Community Academic Association in New York will be hosting a public event to mark forty years since the community’s mass migration from the former Soviet Union. Prior to 1972, over 50,000 Jews lived in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, who traced their back their history in the region for well over a millenium. The community’s deep local roots loosened in the 1970s when migration restrictions were eased, and when the USSR dissolved their history in the region came to a rapid end. Today the community maintains global ties that stretch across North America, Israel and Europe.
Over sixty lecturers will address the Bukharian Jews immigrant community’s achievements, challenges, and prospects for the future in their new homes. Speakers come from Israel, Austria, Germany and Canada, as well as from cities across the United States including Cambridge, San Diego, Baltimore, Miami and Phoenix. They include scholars, artists, representatives of Bukharan Jewish community associations, as well as leaders from American Jewish organizations including the American Jewish Committee, JCRC and Jewish Child Care Association.
Sunday, October 21
9:30 – 7:00 PM
Conference schedule available here
Bukharian Jewish Community Center
106-16 70-th Avenue
Queens, Forest Hills
Iosif Kalantarov, Program Organizer