The Jews of the former Soviet Union have always been the subject
of intense controversy. In the past 25 years, however, they have
become more puzzling. How many of them are there? How strongly so
they identify themselves as Jews? How do they perceive antisemetism
in their countries? Will they leave, where will they go? Theses ate
among the questions that have enlivened the discussions of Jews in
republics known as the Commonwealth of Independent States. they
have sparked debate because they have deep policy implications for
Russia, Israel, the United States, and other countries. They are
the questions which this book seeks to examine. Too little fact has
informed this debate, and even less theory. Until very recently,
surveys of the actual intentions, perceptions, motivations, and
fears of Jews in the region were out of the question. This is now
beginning to change. Here is the first book based on an on site
survey of a representative sample of Jews in the Commonwealth of
Independent States (CIS). In addition to providing data in the Jews
of Moscow, Kiev, and Minsk- who collectively account for 28% of all
Jews residing in the three Slavic republics of the CIS- the author
places the survey results in their social and historical context.
He explains why ethnic distinctiveness persisted and even became
accentuated in the Soviet era and also describes the position of
Jews in Soviet and post-Soviet society and some of the dilemmas
they face. This book will be crucial reading for anyone interested
not only in the general situation of the Jews of the former Soviet
Union but also in their perceptions, worldviews, and plans for the
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