from as far back as the fifth century, jews have lived in caucasus, a mountain range situated between the black sea and the caspian sea derbent, the southernmost city in russia, on the western shore of the caspian sea, was home to a large community of caucasus (aka kavkazi) jews until the dissolution of the soviet union eva’s family, part of this community, followed their traditional lifestyle “values like modesty were a part of our outlook,” says eva