February 12, 1991 |
The Gulf War cut the number of Soviet immigrants to Israel last month by 60%, Israeli immigration officials said Monday. They said Soviet arrivals dropped to 13,360 in January from 35,259 in December because would-be migrants feared fallout from the Persian Gulf conflict. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein carried out his vow to attack Israel if war erupted by unleashing Scud missiles at the Jewish state.
February 6, 1991 |
When Faina Yampolskaya arrived in Israel this week, her first lesson on life in her new country consisted of tips on the use of a gas mask in case of an Iraqi chemical attack. Her second was on the use of disposable diapers to replace the bulky Soviet cotton ones her 2-year-old twins were wearing. All in all, the mother of three from Byelorussia decided, not a bad deal.
January 29, 1991 |
For the first time in 20 years, no one stood outside the Soviet Embassy on Monday demonstrating on behalf of Jews trying to emigrate from the Soviet Union. The Kremlin's relaxed policies led the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington to suspend, as of Sunday, the daily 15-minute protests that began in December, 1970, a year when only 28 Jews were given permission to emigrate to the United States.
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January 25, 1991 |
Since 1989, Naum Avner, a Santa Monica electrician, has spent many sleepless nights worrying about his sister, who was living in limbo in the Soviet Union, stripped of Soviet citizenship and her job. But a year and a half and miles of red tape later, Avner and his sister finally have been reunited in Los Angeles. They were aided by an anonymous Los Angeles businessman who offered to cover travel costs for Zina Sokolsky and her family after reading of their plight.
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January 14, 1991 |
An Orange County-sponsored "freedom flight" carried at least 200 Soviet Jews from Budapest to Tel Aviv on Sunday. "It's very exciting," said Chelle Friedman, director of community relations for the Jewish Federation of Orange County. "None of us will ever have to answer to our children if they ask: 'What did you do in 1990 when the Soviet Jews could get out?' " The chartered plane was part of a yearlong exodus of Jews from the Soviet Union.
January 4, 1991 |
With the hoisting of the blue and white Star of David in the frigid Russian wind, Israeli diplomats officially opened their own consulate in the Soviet capital Thursday and announced themselves ready to handle the monumental numbers of Jews leaving for their biblical homeland.
December 29, 1990 |
With record numbers of Soviet Jewish immigrants streaming in, Israel faces enormous costs in absorbing them and will have to ask other countries and institutions for financial help, a top immigration official warned here Friday.
December 27, 1990 |
It's a long way from Birobidjian to Jerusalem, a journey of 10,000 miles and one that crosses between rival solutions to what was once delicately called the Jewish Problem. Birobidjian is known for its voracious mosquitoes and an attempt by dictator Josef Stalin to design a national home for Jews in the Soviet Union. By all accounts, the mosquitoes remain as hungry as ever, but Birobidjian's Jewish inhabitants, driven by fear of ethnic conflict, have begun to leave for Israel.
December 25, 1990 |
Israel in 1990 received the highest number of immigrants in one year since 1949 and expects new records to be set in 1991, immigration officials said Monday. Approximately 187,000 immigrants, the majority of them Soviet Jews, have arrived in Israel since January, 1990, immigration officials said. Their number is expected to reach 200,000 by Dec. 31, the highest number since 1949--a year after independence--when 239,964 Jews arrived in Israel in a one-year period, officials said.
December 22, 1990 |
Israel announced Friday that it is using every available plane and even allowing flights on the Jewish Sabbath to bring in a new wave of Soviet Jews fearing political turmoil in their homeland. The daily rate of Soviet Jewish immigration to Israel--already at its highest level in decades--has nearly doubled in the last three days, from about 800 to more than 1,500, officials said. Between Thursday and Sunday, they expect arrivals to total about 6,000.