By Sascha L. Goluboff

An interesting ethnography. . . . via a full of life presentation of occasions at Moscows vital Synagogue, Goluboff demonstrates that adjustments from the Soviet ethical financial system of equivalent are looking to the free-wheeling post-Soviet international of ethnically marked investors have compelled reconsideration of what it potential to be Jewish in modern Russia.

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Center people were tightly bound to each other, but in a web of relations that never fully coalesced into the firm, clear shapes typical of many social organizations" (Myerhoff 1979:33). By listening to and documenting their stories, Myerhoff was able to provide these elderly men and women with that sense of continuity Introduction 31 for which they were searching. In this way, she became their surrogate child. When people at the synagogue told me tales of corruption so that I would write them down, they alienated one another, perpetuated the Soviet practice of surveillance, and put me in a very difficult position.

These appeals were published in the West. Although many Jews had participated in the human rights movement begun by Soviet intellectuals in the late 1960s and early 1970s, more and more Jewish intellectuals began to look to Israel to replace the pride they had lost in their own country. They believed Israel could be what the Soviet Union failed to be, a nation founded on peace that worked to ensure the full social and political equality of all its citizens. 15 Through the years, the government changed its position many times, frequently resorting to the arrest and trial of many leaders of the Jewish emigration and samizdat movements.

Moshe thumped the bimah table with his fist to get Yose to be quiet. Zviad stared at Yose. They both looked menacing—thickly built bodies and scowling faces, muscles tense. Moshe continued to read, but soon Yose yelled, "Go! " to Zviad. Berl, a Russian Jew in his late seventies, tried to say something to make Yose calm down. " Zviad went to the main hall, only to return several minutes later to stand face-to-face with Yose. " he asked Yose angrily. Yose repeated the request, pointing to the main hall.

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