Boris Bachayev and his family immigrated to the United States from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in the Soviet Union, with the help of Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry. He discusses both the lack of religious and other freedoms in the Soviet Union and antisemitism that he experienced there. He contrasts life there with life in the United States. He also describes the process of adapting to American culture and the close ties that his family formed with the American family that helped them with that process. He reflects on the differences among several branches of American Judaism and describes being the founder of a Bukharian Jewish synagogue in Denver.
This interview is one of a series with people involved with Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry.
View DVD and time-indexed transcript at Carnegie Branch Library.