The Million Russians That Changed Israel to Its Core

A new book examines the politics, culture and ultimate impact of the wave of immigrants who arrived in Israel after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The final week of 2012 was a stormy one in Haifa: The rabbinate warned restaurant and hotel owners that if they celebrated the new year of the Gregorian calendar, they would lose their kashrut certification. Business owners and assorted organizations protested the rabbinate's crude threat, especially in a mixed city such as Haifa.