I think that lumping all the Orthodox into one group labelled "Orthodox" is not useful. Government statistics break us down into groups of ethnic origin and I think that the Churches are pleased to have such statistics.Not everyone who is Greek or Russian is Orthodox so who cares how the government wants to label ethnic groups. The fact exist that if someone is Orthodox they are Orthodox, it does not matter where they are from.
The town I live in there is no "Russian" church but there have been many Russian immigrants and they are all not only ministered to but also very happy. The reason they are happy is because all the churches in town have the attitude that they are Orthodox first and the liturgy is celebrated in the local vernacular.
To be honest after reading these post I have to wonder if the good Father would minister to a Greek person if he came to his church or if he would just send him away because he isn't the right ethnic group.
You mean, they aren't Irish?
The Holy City of Jerusalem ( believe it or not!) is itself likely to see a Russian Jew on the throne of Saint James within a generation or two. The Russian Jewish immigration (large numbers of Orthodox Christans from Russia and the Ukraine) is going to alter the whole demographic of the Orthodox presence in the Holy Land.
If they are Russian Jews then they are not Christians, they are JEWISH!!!! On top of it Russian Jews are not even ethnically Jewish or Russian.
Uh, they can, and do, convert.
Not ethnically Jewish or Russian, huh? Then what are they?
Serrvices are conducted in both Slavonic and Hebrew
The only languages that the Patriarch of Jerusalem uses on a regular basis are Greek, Arabic and Slavonic (but only use the Slavonic is the churches that the Russian government has built). Hebrew is not used as a language in the Church because Modern Hebrew is a made up language.
About as made up as is Modern English, Modern Greek (or Koine for that matter), Classical Latin, Classical Arabic, Slavonic, etc. Btw, the Revival of Hebrew (I guess what you mean by "made up) predates Zionism.