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    DENVER - Semion Kikirov makes a living listening to other people's stories. That's what happens when you're a barber. His story is similar to his clients' but just a few generations removed. You almost get scared of how much you can do in this country. Semion Kikirov Kikirov moved to the United State from the former Soviet Republic of Tajikistan in 1999. "Your life is... » Read More

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    Not all of us were born with a 1000-watt grin, and even if we were, by now, thanks to foods, lifestyle, and age, it’s probably not so white anymore. But, giving your teeth a bright boost is easy — both in office and at home. We chatted with New York cosmetic dentist Emanuel Layliev, DDS for expert advice. Click through the gallery for our at-home whitening product picks. Q: What... » Read More

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    Russian author Sergei Dovlatov once described the Soviet emigres in his New York City neighborhood as a hodgepodge of lawyers, writers, doctors, and real estate agents alongside "Russian gangsters, madmen, and prostitutes." "There's even a Russian blind musician," Dovlatov wrote in his 1986 novel "A Foreign Woman," which is set in the Forest Hills section... » Read More

  • Jewish Synagogue in Bukhara

    If you are in Bukhara, make sure you visit the Bukharan Jews synagogue not far from Lyab-i-Havuz. It’s one of the oldest Bukharan synagogues with the copies of the Torah as old as few centuries. There’s one that is approximately 1000 years old, according to the guard of the religious site. There are few more synagogues in Bukhara but this one is, probably, the most interesting... » Read More

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    At a time when big chain pharmacies like Duane Reade and Rite Aid seem to occupy every city corner, one mom and pop spot in Chelsea is still going strong. Owner Aleks Abdurakhmanov said the continued success of Chelsea Royal Care Pharmacy at 154 Ninth Ave. is due to the high level of personal attention and care he gives to his loyal customer base. "I truly enjoy working directly with... » Read More

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    Yaniv Meirov has been a leader since he and his community — both young — were even younger. His people, who hail from the Bukhara-speaking part of the former Soviet Union that included parts of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, began to arrive here in the early 1990s in the tens of thousands after the USSR broke up. Meirov, who was born here, created his first communal... » Read More

  • Uzbekistan: Bukhara's Jewish...

    As the temperature in the shade finally dipped below 40 degrees Celsius, a deliveryman carried a two-foot-high stack of flatbread into the 17th-Century Masjidi Synagogue in Bukhara’s old city. Women and young boys followed with five-liter jugs of water and plastic bags filled with bright green cucumbers, softball-sized tomatoes, salt-roasted hazelnuts, and enough sweets to overwhelm a... » Read More

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    There is no avoiding the razor, but Radik “Ray” Khaimov has taken several steps to help children, particularly those with special needs, acclimate to haircuts at his Whitestone barbershop. At Khaimov’s Utopia Barber Shop, the seats are modeled after a police squad car and airplane, work stations boast bright primary colors and an Xbox video game console serves as a waiting... » Read More

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Bukharians have traveled different pathways before reaching America. They blend in their food with a potpourri of Persia’s vegetable...
 
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New Bukharian synagogues established as community settles in new locations Queens has been a good home to Bukharian Jews, a place where the...
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A parting of the way in leadership at the Bukharian Community in Queens, New York, has splintered a very tightly-knit group of Asian Jews...
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Bukharian Traditional Food
Bukharian cuisine is more than a traditional cooking style, it is a cultivation of history rolled up in every bite. Sampling this tradition...
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Bukharian Jews have a very tight knit community where reputation and public standing mean a lot to families. The reputation of a girl can...
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In this Congratulations section of the website BukharianCommunity.com you can view all congratulations such as Birthday, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat...
 
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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.

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