The study of the interrelationships between Russian Jews and Mountain Jews
at the Moscow Choral Synagogue provides a basis to explore how race defines
the Russian and Jewish nations. An examination of the racializing discours
es used by men from both groups to categorize one another shows how images
of gender and sexuality shaped these narratives and provided the means to s
ubvert them. An exploration of the making of the nation through women's bod
ies illustrates the tenuous and power-laden processes of identity formation
in post-socialist societies.