The World: The Journey to Israel

The trip from Moscow to Israel for Russia's emigrating Jews includes a two-day train trip or three-hour flight to Vienna, a 24-hour layover there for processing by Israeli immigration officials, and finally another three-hour flight to Israel. For those who make the journey, often after months or years of waiting, it is very close to being a religious experience, as TIME Correspondent Marlin Levin discovered last week when he boarded a refugee train at the Austrian border village of Hohenau.

WE are going to Israel without a stop./We have to forget what happened at Chop." A rabbi at the Schönau processing center,...

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