Chag Sameach!

Chag Sameach!, originally uploaded by Colette Denali.

Chag Sameach! Happy Holiday!

Do you like the big menorah? My moms got it from the Menorah Mobile!

I'm not Jewish, but I have lots of friends back in Khabarovsk who are. That's because the Jewish Autonomous Region is nearby. Stalin founded the region because all ethnic minorities in the Soviet Union were supposed to get their own territory. It's way, way out in Siberia because Stalin didn't like that Jews were not atheists. Also, the official language there was Yiddish, not Hebrew! It is even bigger than Israel.

It is still there now, but there are not very many Jewish people left there anymore.

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