First Portion* This week we reach the climax of what leadership means when presented with the SHOWDOWN of two classic MANHIGIM-leaders, Yehuda and Yosef. Everybody cleared the way giving them the platform and kept silent, as the two faced each other. Our Sages marveled at the speech, said with such grace, poise and confidence, which Yehuda delivered to... » Read More
Inside Cheburechnaya restaurant, the television stations are tuned to Russian programs, the walls are covered in big colorful ceramic plates, and there are fried beef brains on the menu.It would be easy to think that you stepped into Uzbekistan or Tajikistan, but in fact, you are in Rego Park.The restaurant on 63rd Drive has a loyal following among the Bukharian Jewish locals... » Read More
Simply must buy yourself or your spouse a diamond? If you’re not up on gemology lingo, stumbling down New York City’s Diamond District on 47th Street can be an intimidating business. That’s why Penta caught up with the diamond experts at Leviev, famous for breaking through the De Beers stranglehold on the diamond industry, to get the low-down on selecting the proper... » Read More
Africa-Israel Investments Ltd. (TASE:AFIL) today announced that its request to amend the terms of its deed of trust on its bonds has been rejected by the bondholders. The company asked the bondholders to accept early repayment of NIS 1.5 billion (out of the total bond debt of NIS 3.4 billion), at better terms for the company compared with the fine set in the deed of trust.Now that the... » Read More
Christie’s New York scheduled a magnificent jewels sale for December 10 at Rockefeller Center that includes 500 lots and features important colored and colorless diamonds, rare gemstones, signed jewels and natural pearls, with a presale total in excess of $45 million.The top lot of the sale (pictured) is a 52.58-carat, D, internally flawless, rectangular-cut Golconda... » Read More
After fire earlier this year, business settles in to permanent location. After a fire earlier this year, a longtime Main Street barbershop has found a permanent home in Port Washington. Now at 24A Main Street, Steve's Barbershop is settling in to its new surroundings after moving in Oct. 1. Shop owner Steve Aminoz said he's very happy with the new location. "That's gonna be... » Read More
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - It's a new hot trend, literally: 310 degrees, the temperature of the blades of the scissors that stylist Arsen Gurgov of the Louis Licari Salon promises can deliver a healthier haircut. While traditional wisdom says that heat damages hair, Gurgov claims these scissors get rid of damage and keeps split ends away longer. But turning the heat up on you cut will also... » Read More
Congregants of Congregation Bet-El Sephardic Center of Jamaica Estates held a gala celebration last Sunday to mark the expansion of their synagogue, six years after the work began. The Orthodox congregation, which was formed in 2007 when the private house was bought by congregant Avi Dishi, has grown from 350 families to 500 families and serves the communities of Fresh Meadows, Jamaica... » Read More
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History of Bukharian Jews
The Bukharian people are members of the Jewish ethnicity and originate from the region of Central Asia once known as the Emirate of Bukhara. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the majority of the Bukharian people have immigrated to the United States, Israel, parts of Europe, or Australia.
The first written account of the Jews of Central Asia was recorded in the Talmud by Rabbi Shmuel bar Bisna at the beginning of the 4th century CE. These Central Asian Jews had descended from Spanish, Persian, and Arab Jewish communities. Like other Jewish communities, they experienced periods of prosperity as well as periods of oppression. After coming into the Persian Empire after the Babylonian exile, the Bukharian Jews prospered. However, they began experiencing persecution around the 5th century with Jewish academies being closed and many Jews being killed or expelled. The Arab Muslim conquest of the region in the 8th century resulted in Jews and Christians alike being subjected to persecution.
Beset by several invasions over the next few centuries such as the Mongol invasion in the 13th century and the invasion of nomadic Uzbek Muslims in the 16th century, the persecution of the Bukharian Jews continued. Around the year 1620, the first Jewish synagogue in Bukhara city was constructed. Before this, the Jews had shared a mosque with Muslims called the Magoki Attoron. It is uncertain whether these Jews and Muslims worshipped together or separately, as sources give accounts of both. In the 18th century, Bukharian Jews once again came under persecution by ruling Muslims. The Bukharian Jewish population decreased to the point of extinction, and many of their Jewish traditions and customs were lost.
In the 18th century, waves of Jewish migration into the region caused resurgence in Jewish customs and traditions, reviving the almost extinct Bukharian community. During the mid 19th century, a large amount of Bukharian Jews immigrated to Israel. In the Bukhara region, Jews remained free from persecution until 1916 and 1917, when Soviet control of the region was cemented and persecution was resumed. This caused another wave of migration that lasted up until the 1980s and 1990s. Today, only about 1,000 Jews remain in what is now Uzbekistan, with the majority having emigrated to the U.S., Israel, Canada, and other more tolerant regions. Although having a long history of migration and persecution, Bukharian Jews still retain much of their identity, history and culture.