As the Soviets slowly removed barriers to emigration, the number of Jews eager to leave the country skyrocketed. When the newcomers arrived in Boston and other cities in the West, many faced the same obstacles that most immigrants experience—learning a new language, finding employment and housing, and securing an education. Many Soviet Jews were confronted with additional challenges related to their Jewish identity.

The Trials of Learning a New Language

Diana Shklyarov

I Don't Belong

Janna Kaplan

Living in America Felt Natural

Anna Charny

Building a Jewish Identity

Bernice Kazis

Building Friendships

Andrea Waldstein

Cars for Borscht

Donald Putnoi

An Emigration that Benefitted Israel and America

Fran Putnoi


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