HOLY LAND UNCOVERED | With Jordana Miller | Sunday, January 20th 201943min
Part 1 The collapse of the Soviet Union opened the gates of immigration to Jews. Nearly 1 million moved to Israel in the 1990s, but they were not always welcomed with open arms by Israelis. The culture differences and questions about their Jewish identity created obstacles to their full integration into Israeli life. i24NEWS's Erica Jackson has more to the story. Part 2 Rabbi Irina Gritesvskaya from the Schechter Institutes joins the show to talk more about the Russian New Year called Novy God, the only holiday in the Soviet Union which has no connection to any religion whatsoever. Besides, when communism fell, Jews fled to Israel but proving their Jewishness became difficult, especially and when it was complicated by inner marriage. Seth Farber, the founder and director of Itim Organization, who helps Russian-Jews lead full Jewish lives gives more details of his organization activity. Part 3 In Turkey, a 12000-year-old town is about to disappear because authorities plan to build an artificial lake in the area, i24NEWS's Shelby Weiner has the story. Moving on, the date December 12th is seen as a day of great spiritual awakening for the members of the Telos Movement. Telos Israel a new age group with roots in northern California, and Ayelet Segal one of its members joins the show to talk more about the Talos Movement. Part 4 Ronald McDonald, the icon of the hamburger fast-food giant is seen crucified on the cross in an exhibition in the Haifa Museum of Art. Protesters are demanding to take down the piece, they claim it is deeply offensive to their Christian faith. In Routes Uncovered, a tour in Ramat Rachel, a kibbutz situated outside Jerusalem that home some biblical treasures. Also, a rare painting of Jesus from the Byzantine era has caused a media stir. Found in the historic site of Shivta in the Negev Desert, it's slightly different from the iconic image we are also familiar with. In Flavors Uncovered this week, a Russian dish for the New Year's Eve is on the menu: Pelmeni.