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Sofya Tamarkin


Me and the Moai: What Was I Doing on a Remote Polynesian Island?

The statues forge a connection between the Polynesian ancestors and members of the community. I, too, have been looking to reconnect to the chain of my ancestors.

A Russian Doll and an Unlikely Legacy of Kindness

A true story that we need to hear during these difficult times.

My Grandmother and the 1922 Russian Typhus Epidemic

Her father refused to believe the doctors' pessimistic diagnosis. Her miraculous survival instilled a steadfast gratitude to God, despite the barrage of atheistic Communist propaganda.

Jews in Exile, Making their Way Home

I am grateful that despite years of oppression, Soviet leaders were not able to erase the yearning for our spiritual inheritance.

How Rabbi Sacks Changed the Life of This Soviet-Bred Mother

I was angry at the Communist regime that separated me from the basic connection to my Jewish heritage. Rabbi Sacks' wisdom inspired my journey home.

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