Abayev is one of 40,000 to 50,000 Bukharian Jews in Queens some are scattered in other cities across North America who struggle to maintain their identity while confronting the economic and cultural pressures of the United States.The struggle is most apparent among young Bukharian Jews, most of whom left Uzbekistan in Central Asia after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, and are now trying to define their identity away from the surroundings that shaped their heritage and traditions.During World War II many Jews fled from the European parts of the Soviet Union to central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan, making the Jewish community of Kyrgyzstan combined out of an Ashkenazi community and a Bukharian Sephardic one.The two communities functioned separately and though it did occasionally happen, Ashkenazi–Sephardi intermarriages were not common.Update as of 12/2/15: After unscrambling a message left behind by the arsonist at the scene of a Nov.25 fire at a Forest Hills construction site at 108-47 67th Drive, police have the name of a Forest Hills resident, who they suspect is responsible for at least six fires in the area over the past four weeks, according to another police source.
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The history of the Jews in Kyrgyzstan is linked directly to the history of the Bukharian Jews of Uzbekistan.
Until the 20th century, most Jews living in the Kyrgyz areas were of the Bukharan Jewish community.
However, during the 20th century, large numbers of European Jews began to emigrate to Kyrgyzstan which was then part of the Soviet Union, and a small number still live in that country.
Archeological findings suggests that Jewish traders from Khazaria started visiting the Kyrgyz territory around the 6th century CE.