Greetings From Russia: An Update on Project Judaica

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

January 6, 2010, New York, NY

project judaicaMoscow, Russia, January 11, 2010—Project Judaica, the ground-breaking joint program established in 1991 between The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in the United States and the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) in Moscow, has had a busy start to its winter.

On December 14–16, Project Judaica sponsored a three-day conference on “Judaica Sovietica: Jewish Scholarship in the Soviet Union, 1917–1991,” which featured twenty-four papers by scholars from Russia, the United States, Israel, Ukraine, Belarus, and Great Britain. Topics ranged from “The History of the Baron Ginzburg Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts in the Lenin Library” to “Sholem Aleichem in Soviet Literary Criticism” to “Underground Jewish Studies in Leningrad in the 1980s.” The conference was opened by Vice Rector Dmitry Bak of RSUH and JTS’s Dr. David E. Fishman, professor of Jewish History and director of Project Judaica.

On December 17, Moscow’s chief rabbi, Pinchas Goldschmidt, gave a guest lecture before a group of Project Judaica freshmen. Rabbi Goldschmidt spoke about his forthcoming book, The Reestablishment of Jewish Communities in Europe after World War II, in which he surveyed the restoration of Jewish communal life in the immediate post-war years in Great Britain, France, Germany, Rumania, and the Soviet Union. The evening concluded with a traditional Hanukkah party complete with dreidels and sufganiyot (jelly donuts).

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The principal goals of Project Judaica are to train a generation of indigenous Russian scholars of Judaica, reestablish Jewish studies as a legitimate area of university study in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), foster the revival of Jewish life, and discover and describe all Jewish-related materials held in the archives of the FSU.

The Russian State University for the Humanities is located at 6 Miusskaya Ploschad, Moscow. Correspondence and inquiries in Moscow may be directed to Ms. Zhenya Nazarova at (7-495) 628-5292. In the United States, inquiries about Project Judaica may be directed to Dr. David E. Fishman.


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