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It’s oh so quiet…

June 5, 2014
Lego figurine on a swing

I am taking a slight hiatus from the blogging as I turn my attention to my main project of the moment – the Soviet-Jewish immigration stories and oral history project. What project? I’m interviewing Soviet-Jewish immigrants who came to Canada in the 1970s and early 1980s. If that’s you, or someone you know, get in…

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CLOSED: Weekend Give-Away – Do Russian-Jewish at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival!

May 2, 2014
Toronto Jewish Film Festival ticket giveaway

I’m excited to announce that the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, which is on now, has very generously offered to giveaway 10 tickets to screenings of ‘The Unvanquished’ and ‘From Russia with Falafel’. Want those tickets? You just have to sign up for the Soviet Samovar – my monthly round-up of Russian-Jewish news, events and culture.…

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American dreams and the state of statelessness

April 10, 2014
Jasper Johns American flag painting at the MOMA

Review of Stateless in Tablet When I was at Limmud last month, I had a chance to see a new documentary on the Soviet-Jewish immigration of the late ’80s, called Stateless. I also got to review it for Tablet Magazine and naturally, I think you should go read it. The movie looks at why the…

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First Limmud FSU Canada is coming in October

March 19, 2014
First ever Limmud FSU Canada organizing committee 2013

I’ve mentioned this before, but now there’s a website, so it’s real – the first Limmud FSU Canada is coming in October. Of course you’ll be there, right? The organizing committee went on a planning retreat in January (that’d be the one where I yakked about my bukvar and other awkward childhood moments), and I…

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Reclaiming the Soviet Holocaust film industry: My article in Tablet

June 13, 2013
Soviet Holocaust films - Olga Gershenson's Phantom Holocaust Review

I’m very excited about my latest article for Tablet on a new book about Soviet Holocaust films. The book is called The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe, by Olga Gershenson. (Yes, that’s the book I was reading while waiting to pick up my visa application.) I’m not sure I did justice to the…

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Soviet Jewry books: A reading assignment

February 6, 2012
Russian Reading List for trip

I made a reading list! Or “curated” if you want to be fancy about it. You all should go read it. It’s for the Jewish Book Council and covers what I consider some of the best reading on Soviet Jewish history. The books are: When They Come for Us, We’ll be Gone: The Epic Struggle…

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The Soviet Samovar! First issue! Wednesday!

October 3, 2011

*Updated – Check out the first issue of Soviet Samovar here. I spend a lot of my online time doing what most of us do – reading stuff, looking at stuff and sending stuff around. Savvy internet types have even wholescale co-opted the term curating from the dry, dusty bowels of museums to give all…

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The Big Jewcy 2011 – I’ve been listified

June 8, 2011
The Big Jewcy 2011 list

My first list! I’m incredibly flattered and honoured to be among some very fine (and much more deserving) company for the Big Jewcy 2011 list from Jewcy.com. The Big Jewcy: Lea Zeltserman – Blogging The Soviet Jewish Experience And make sure to take a look at the full list (which is still being updated daily)…

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