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There are now an estimated 50,000 Bukharian Jews in New York City with practically all of them living in Queens.
But Abayev has a different mind-set about family than most of his coworkers.
At 29, he still lives with his parents because in Bukharian Jewish culture, adults leave home only to begin their own family.
While the speeches extolling the deceased begin in Bukhori, also called Judeo-Persian (Farsi mixed with Hebrew, Aramaic, Uzbek and Tajik), which is the native tongue of the Bukharian Jews, the guests sip and munch.
Course after course is served: fried carp dipped in garliccilantro sauce; round meat pies (samboosak); dumlama, a wheel of baked cabbage, tomato, meat and pepper; and plov, rice spiced with cumin and crowned with julienned carrots, chick peas and meat.
This time, we're exploring the Bukharian areas of Queens.