In a scene from the documentary Handa Handa 4, Ronen Davidov waits to take the stage during a performance with his Israeli Bukharian theater group. Before their cue, his older brother — dressed in drag for his “diva” costume — jokes that Ronen and his girlfriend, Orit, are like the opposite of Romeo and Juliet: Their families want them to get married, but the couple... » Read More
The parsha primarily deals with the services and the responsibilities of the Kohanim. It focuses on many of the korbanot-sacrifices brought in the Tabernacle First Portion: * The theme of the book of Vayikra is sacrifices. At the end of the book of Shemot, we finished the construction of the mishkan; we went through a detailed and extensive description of the measurement of the structure of... » Read More
Africa Israel Investments is being sued by unhappy condominium owners, in downtown New York. These are unit holders of an upscale condominium conversion project at 15 Broad Street in lower Manhattan. The building is round the corner from Wall Street and was once office space occupied by banking giant JP Morgan. After many complaints of unfinished work and the lack of a proper certificate... » Read More
Contrary to 2012 media reports touting Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev’s support for the New York City anti-hunger nonprofit City Harvest, the organization received no support of any kind from Leviev during that period. In November 2012, after media reported on Leviev’s support for City Harvest fundraisers, Adalah-NY mobilized letters from organizations and from over 600... » Read More
A husband and wife have teamed up to open a new dental office in Valley Stream, and they hope to educate the community about the importance of oral health. Central Avenue Dental is owned by Dr. Igor IlyaBayev and Dr. Alevtina Edgar, who previously have worked at a dental office in Queens. Edgar said it was their dream to open up their own practice. The facility will serve patients of all... » Read More
A Flushing man was arrested Friday after he allegedly exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in Valley Stream, cops said. According to police, David K. Aronov, 21, who operates Dave's Barber Shop in Lynbrook, parked his Nissan Maxima on Fletcher Avenue on Thursday and Friday around 8:20 p.m. He sat in the driver's seat and performed a sexual act and exposed himself to a 16-year-old... » Read More
One of the things that I like is the Kiddush after services. Even though I come from a home with great cooks, my mother while I was growing up and my wife now, and they cook up a storm for the Shabbat meals, nevertheless, one still looks forward to eat at Shul and have a lechayim or two with the Chevreh (guys). Hey, that's tradition!! Earlier in my marriage, when we were living in... » Read More
Africa-Israel Investments Ltd. (TASE:AFIL) chairman Lev Leviev has sold 7% of Fox-Wizel Ltd. (TASE: FOX), out of his 20% stake in the fashion company and retailer, to foreign financial investors for NIS 86 million. Tuesday's deal came two days after Apax Partners called off talks to invest in Fox. The sale was made at NIS 96 per share, 3% less than yesterday's opening price... » 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.