DNA taken from Ashkenazi Jews show they are closely related to the Shepardi and North African Jews! They share the same ancestor going thousands of years back to the Middle East. Jews are also considered a race nowadays and not just a religion!<quoted text>
The first Jews to settle in Lithuania in the 11th century came from the land of the Khazars, on the lower Volga River, from Crimea on the Black Sea and from Bohemia. Originally, the Jews came to the land of the Khazars from the Byzantine kingdom, where they had been oppressed. The Khazars had welcomed the Jews and later had been converted to Judaism. When the Khazars were overrun by the Mongols and Russians, the Jews settled in Lithuania, whose rulers, at that time, were extremely tolerant.
- Sidney L. Markowitz, in What You Should Know About Jewish Religion, History, Ethics and Culture (New York, NY: Citadel Press, 1955).
Jews And their DNA - Commentary Magazine