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Soviet New Year’s Eve

A New Year’s Eve feast at the home of Masha Kisel and Sam Dorf. Center: Baked Salmon Stuffed and Served on Grechka (buckwheat). Clockwise from upper R: Vinegret (Beet Salad), Salat Olivier (Soviet Potato Salad), Salmon Caviar with crackers, and Shuba (‘Herring Under A Fur Coat’). Photo: Masha I. Kisel.

By Masha Kisel, Special To The Observer Mr. Lieberman, the principal of Solomon Schechter Day School in Chicago, called all the Russian fifth graders into his office. He drew a triangle on the green chalkboard. “This is a Christmas tree,” he said. He drew a cross inside the triangle. “And

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