This is a virtual event. Many Ashkenazi Jews say that their parents/grandparents/great grandparents came from Russia; however, most likely, they didn’t! Jews - by and large - were not allowed to live in what is today the Russian Federation (including St. Petersburg and Moscow) until 1860. From that period until 1881, the Russian Revolution, the Great Patriotic War (WWII), the Cold War, and Glasnost - had tremendous impact on the Jewish population in this part of the world. They also had a profound impact on North American Jewry. This journey will visit these cities and examine how these events have and continue to impact Jewish identity in these places, as well as in North America and Israel.