This article presents an ethnographic grasp of the question of the belonging of Russian speaking immigrants in Israel as experienced in their encounter with national bureaucracy. It discusses the embrace of religious categories by the Jewish state, explaining its meanings and outcomes for the immigrant's everyday lives and identities. Unfolding an ethnographic narrative, I reveal the discrepancy between Israeli citizenship and nationality, expose the contradictions between the Soviet and Israeli perceptions of Jewishness, and interpret the role of religion in the acculturation of Russian speaking immigrants.
- Anthropology of bureaucracy
- Jewish identity
- Post-Soviet/Russian speaking immigrants
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies