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Third and Fourth Waves of Russophone Immigration to the USA

Kliger, Samuel

The presentation will discuss identity challenges, social dynamics, political and religious views and behavior, and prospects of continuing as a distinctive socio-cultural group of the Russian-speaking American Jews who arrived to the US during the last 40 years. In search of their multi-faceted identity, Russian Jews have to cooperate with their American (and Jewish American) counterparts and hosts. Simultaneously, explicitly or implicitly, they attempt to maintain a separation line, a zone where they would feel socially, culturally, religiously, politically, linguistically, and even economically comfortable, relatively independent in their life-style and mindset from their American brethren. The presentation will be using data that was obtained and interpreted by a number of surveys sponsored by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and other agencies and conducted by Research Institute for New Americans (RINA) during 1998-2012.


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September 20, 2013