Shalom Life | December 08, 2014

Miss America Thanks Russian Jews For Their Support

Kira Kazantsev, the newly-minted Miss America, declares that while she's not Jewish herself, she's appreciative to the community

By: Daniel Koren

Published: November 24th, 2014 in News » World

Photo Caption: Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev with President of the World Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry Alexander Levin

Photo Credit: Landon Knoblock


Kira Kazantsev, the newly minted Miss America 2015 declared on Friday that, while she's not Jewish, she's grateful to the Russian-Jewish community who supported her nonetheless.

Kazntsev was announcing the nominees for the inaugural Russian-American Person of the Year awards, sponsored by the World Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry and the American Council for World Jewry. During the ceremony, the New York-based 23-year-old, a daughter or Russian immigrants from Moscow, spoke highly of the Russian-American community.

“I’m not Jewish, but I’d like to thank the Russian-Jewish community for being so supportive on my journey to becoming Miss America,” Kazantsev said. “There were a lot of Russian-American Jews who came to my homecoming celebration after I won the title of Miss America and I’m grateful for their support and for being there.”

Kazantsev also said that her parents lived the "quintessential Russian-American dream" and lauded them for raising her the way they did.

Hmm. She sounds pretty Jewish to me!

She also mentioned that her best friend is a member of the tribe.

It's worth noting that no Jewish contestant has won the Miss America pageant since Bess Myerson in 1945, but I guess we should take what we can get with Kazantsev?

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