Bela Taraseiskey, Immigrant, ©1997, oil on canvas, 20 x 15 inches
In the first decade of the 20th century, some two million Jews left Russia to escape persecution. But more than three quarters of them didn’t choose to go to Palestine, but went to America instead.
Afterwards “Perestroika” dramatically increased emigration from Russia. They brought many scientists, engineers and computer programmers to add to the economy of Israel.