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munal structures for Russian American
By caring for itself, the community
rids itself of its image as clients of
Jewish community services, Fox says.
Furthermore, "You provide someone
that level of entree and comfort," she
says, then they become "participants in
other organizations as peers."
Most observers suspect differences
between veteran American Jews and
Russian Jewish immigrants to America
will evaporate over
time. It's just a
matter of when.
and it changes
tion of them-
selves," says Gary
novel, The Russian
In a few
decades, the rate
of participation in
Jews and American-
born Jews "will be
fairly indistinguishable," he predicts.
In the meantime, some issues hinder
involvement, such as the cost of partici-
pation, says Yosef Abramowitz, presi-
dent of the Union of Council for Jews
in the Former Soviet Union.
"We should all rejoice at some of
'these new groups springing up," he
says. But, like most American Jewish
institutions, they "only represent and
service a relatively small percentage of
the potential market," he says.
Meanwhile, tensions between the
"Each time I meet American Jews,
they think we are all food stamp recipi-
ents," says Arkady Kagan, senior editor
of the Russian ForwareZ a national
But Alec Brook-Krasny, the head of
the umbrella group of Russian Jews, is
"I strongly believe we will become
one community again," he says, noting
the shared ancestry of Russian
American Jews with American-born
"Many of us have the same last
names" but pronounce them differently,
Brook-Krasny says to make the point.
"Your grandfathers decided to leave, our
grandfathers decided to stay." El