Dancing their way to freedom: 4 great Soviet ballet defectors
The dancers who left their friends, families – and wives – to flee the USSR. he 19th New York International Fringe Festival, held on August 14-30, will host the world premiere of “To Dance” – a musica...
Refusenik
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Zvi Heifetz
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Eliyahu Meridor
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Dancing their way to freedom: 4 great Soviet ballet defectors
The dancers who left their friends, families – and wives – to flee the USSR. he 19th New York International Fringe Festival, held on August 14-30, will host the world premiere of “To Dance” – a musica...
Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich
Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich (Hebrew: יוליה שמאלוב-ברקוביץ'‎, born 1 April 1964) is an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Kadima between 2009 and 2013.
Born in the ...
Haim Gvati
Haim Gvati (Hebrew: חיים גבתי‎, born 29 January 1901, died 19 October 1990) was a Zionist activist and Israeli politician. He held several ministerial portfolios, and served as Minister of A...
Mona May Karff
Mona May Karff (20 October 1908 or 1911 or 20 October 1914 – 10 January 1998) was an American competitive chess player. Karff dominated U.S. women's chess in the 1940s and early 1950s and had a...
Michel Dorfman
Yechiel Michel Dorfman (1913 – 30 July 2006) was the de facto head of the Breslover Hasidim living in post-Stalinist Russia. Due to his persistence and planning, the annual Breslover Rosh Hashan...
Heshel Frumkin
Heshel Frumkin (Hebrew: השל פרומקין‎, born 1896, died 11 April 1974) was an Israeli economist and politician.
Born in Babruysk in the Russian Empire (today in Belarus), Frumkin was educa...
Heshel Frumkin - Wikipedia
Arcadi Gaydamak
Arcadi Aleksandrovich Gaydamak (Hebrew: ארקדי אלכסנדרוביץ' גאידמק; Russian: Аркадий Александрович Гайдамак; born 8 April 1952 in Moscow, USSR) is a Russian-born Israeli business magnate, investor,...
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Elhanan Helpman
Elhanan Helpman (Hebrew: אלחנן הלפמן‎, born March 30, 1946) is an Israeli-American economist who works in the field of international trade, political economy and economic growth.
Born in the...
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Naum Meiman
Naum S. Meiman (Russian: Нау́м Ната́нович Ме́йман) (1911–2001) was a Soviet mathematician, and dissident. He is known for his work in complex analysis, partial differential equations, and mathema...
Naum Meiman - Wikipedia
Benjamin Fain
Benjamin Fain (Russian: Вениамин Моисеевич Файн, Hebrew: בנימין פיין‎) (February 17, 1930 – April 15, 2013) was an Israeli physicist, professor-emeritus, and former refusenik.
Fain was b...
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Mikhail Agursky
Mikhail Samuilovich Agursky (Russian: Михаи́л Самуи́лович Агу́рский; 1933 – 21 August 1991), real name Melik Samuilovich Agursky (Russian: Мэ́лик Самуилович Агу́рский), was a Jewish sovietolog...
Natasha Mozgovaya
Natasha Mozgovaya (born 1979) is an Israeli journalist. She is a reporter for Voice of America and Walla!.
Mozgovaya was born in the Soviet Union in 1979 into a family of two Russian Jewish journa...
Michail Grobman
Michail Grobman (Russian: Михаил Гробман, Hebrew: מיכאיל גרובמן‎, born 1939) is an artist and a poet working in Israel and Russia. He is father to Hollywood producer Lati Grobman and Israeli...
Yehiel Duvdevani
Yehiel Duvdevani (Hebrew: יחיאל דובדבני‎, born 1896, died 30 April 1988) was a Zionist activist and politician.
Born in Volhynia region of the Russian Empire (now in Ukraine), Duvdevani ...
Lev Leviev
Lev Avnerovich Leviev (born July 30, 1956) is an Uzbek-born Israeli businessman, philanthropist and investor, of Bukhari Jewish background. With a net worth of roughly $1.5 billion in March 2013, he ...
Gershon Shofman
Gershon Shoffman (Hebrew: גרשון שופמן) (born 1880; died 1972) was an Israeli writer and painter.
Shoffman was born in Orsha, in the Mogilev Governorate of the Russian Empire (present-day Belarus) ...
Yosef Tamir
Yosef Tamir (Hebrew: יוסף תמיר‎, 5 March 1915 – 10 August 2009) was an Israeli journalist, politician, lawyer and a professional javelin thrower.
Tamir was born in Berdychiv in the Russi...
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Boris Trakhtenbrot
Boris (Boaz) Avraamovich Trakhtenbrot (Russian: Борис Авраамович Трахтенброт; born February 19, 1921, in Brichevo, northern Bessarabia) or Boaz (Boris) Trakhtenbrot (Hebrew: בועז טרכטנברוט‎)...
Boris Gelfand
Boris Abramovich Gelfand (Belarusian: Барыс Абрамавіч Гельфанд; Hebrew: בוריס אברמוביץ' גלפנד‎; born 24 June 1968) is an Israeli chess Grandmaster. A six-time World Championship Candidate (1...
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Netania Davrath
Netania Davrath (Нетания Доврат) (12 August 1931 – 11 April 1987) was a Soviet-born soprano opera and concert singer.
In 1948, Davrath moved to Israel with her family. There, she st...
Vadim Bavikin
Vadim Bavikin (born 4 October 1970) is an Israeli javelin thrower. He was originally a Soviet citizen, but emigrated to Israel in 1990.He finished tenth at the 1991 World Championships. He later compe...
Tzipora Laskov
Tzipora Laskov (Hebrew: צפורה לסקוב‎, 1904-1989) was an Israeli nurse and politician.Born in Ukraine in the Russian Empire, Laskov studied to become a nurse. She made aliyah to Mandate Pales...
Aryeh Eliav
Aryeh "Lova" Eliav (Hebrew: אריה "לובה" אליאב‎, 21 November 1921 – 30 May 2010), was an Israeli politician and member of the Knesset.
Eliav was born Lev Lipschitz in Moscow in 1921, and ...
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Iosif Begun
Iosif Ziselovich Begun, sometimes spelled Yosef (born July 9, 1932 in Moscow, Russia) (Russian: Иосиф Зиселевич Бегун, Hebrew: יוסף ביגון‎), last is name pronounced "bee-goon" and in Russian...