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But Abayev has a different mind-set about family than most of his coworkers.
At 29, he still lives with his parents because in Bukharian Jewish culture, adults leave home only to begin their own family.
“When a child becomes a teen, he asks the question, ‘What does it mean to be a Bukharian Jew?
’ ” says Imonuel Rybakov, chairman of the Association of Bukharian Jewish Youth of the USA — Achdut. ’ And sometimes parents can’t explain.” For some, defining their identity means using newfound religious freedom and knowledge to rediscover their ancestors’ Orthodox Jewish past.
In Uzbekistan, the families observed Jewish holidays. and attended Jewish day schools that they learned the laws and reasons behind the traditions and started keeping them strictly.
Mullodzhanova’s brother-in-law, Boris Abramov, 24, grew up hearing stories of his grandfather, who spent 25 years in Soviet jails for selling kosher meat. “Our generation is more religious than our parents,'” Abramov said.
On Saturday, he works as a barber, a common profession for Jews from Uzbekistan.
This March the community will dedicate a new Jewish Community Center in Forest Hills, to house a synagogue, the Bukharian Jewish Congress, a group led by Israeli philanthropist Lev Leviev, himself a Bukhraian Jew, and other community organizations. “The way we grew up, the tradition’s not as important as it was for my grandmother or my mother,” said Nelya Mushiyeva, 23, who immigrated to the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens 12 years ago.
The challenges of remaining a traditional Bukharian Jew in the U. Mushiyeva attended public school, wears brand-name jeans and speaks like an American.
Although Abayev admits to feeling tempted to move away from his parents’ watchful eyes, “I really can’t do that,” he says. You may find a job and girlfriend but you won’t have a family connection.
You won’t have bachsh,” a traditional Bukharian dish, on Friday night.