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    It's always uneasy and difficult when children don't see eye to eye with their father and mother. It's even more horrific and crazy when the children actually rebel against them and try to kill their parents; that's a pretty nightmarish thought!!. Unfortunately, in our illustrious rich Jewish history a regrettable incident of that nature occurred. Avshalom wanted to... » Read More

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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 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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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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Bukharian Community Daily News
Cynthia Zalinsky: Advocating For Jewish Causes
Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Mar 26th, 2015 12:23PM
Cynthia Zalinsky has been leading the Queens Jewish Community Council, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide social services to those in...
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Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Mar 25th, 2015 12:58PM
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Israel?s ?top 100? ethnic eateries featured in new e-book
Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Feb 12th, 2015 4:04PM
A new e-book titled ?Israel?s Top 100 Ethnic Restaur-ants? gives English-speaking tourists a window into the Israeli foods that locals have raved...
Exploring Israel?s ?ethnic? cuisine
Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Jan 30th, 2015 1:42AM
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Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Oct 16th, 2014 12:34PM
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Like any Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur is about food - before and after the fast
Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Oct 2nd, 2014 12:50PM
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De Blasio headlines annual QJCC event
Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Aug 28th, 2014 3:49PM
Mayor de Blasio kicked off the Queens Jewish Community Council Testimonial Dinner on Monday by thanking the organization for its work of feeding...
Reflections On Russian Culture In Queens
Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Aug 21st, 2014 12:36PM
It has become quite a New York stereotype to picture Brighton Beach or Little Odessa as the hub of Russian culture in this City. And while that is...
Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Aug 18th, 2014 9:05AM
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New ark for Chabad of the College Area
Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Aug 18th, 2014 12:00AM
More than 120 people gather Sunday evening to celebrate construction of new ark
Queens Jewish Community Council Holds Concerts
Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Aug 11th, 2014 4:55PM
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Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Aug 5th, 2014 5:16PM
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Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Aug 5th, 2014 5:16PM
Americans? attitudes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are little changed from 2002, a new Gallup poll found. Click here for the rest of the...
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Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Aug 5th, 2014 5:16PM
Americans? attitudes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are little changed from 2002, a new Gallup poll found. Click here for the rest of the...
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Source: Bukharian Community - Yahoo News | Aug 5th, 2014 5:16PM
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