Bukharan Jews Breathe Life into Austrian Jewry

His heart is in Israel. But his feet are firmly planted in Austria.

Chanan Babacsayv, the Jerusalem-born vice president of Austria’s Bukharan Jewish community, wants to give a shot in the arm to the small but growing group.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, he said the Bukharan Jewish community has grown from 20 to 30 families in the 1970s to 2,500 members of the roughly 8,000-strong Austrian Jewry.

Bukharan Jews have their origin in the Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

Israel has the most Bukharan Jews today, followed by the United States and then Europe.

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