Bukharan girls in Samarkand, ca 1900 (Wikipedia) (Wikipedia)
Bukharan girls in Samarkand, ca 1900

The Bukharan Jews, descendants of merchants who set up trade routes along the ancient Silk Road, now thrive as a vibrant community in Israel, and in communities throughout the diaspora.

A little known subgroup within the Jewish people today, the Bukharan Jews are the descendants of Jewish tradesman who created communities along the trade route that ran from the Mediterranean to China.

The Bukharan story is one of perseverance and oppression, yet one of rich culture and tradition.

Meet these dynamic people who come from the steppes of Central Asia.