The Jewish Theological Seminary Receives Grant for Project Judaica’s Jewish Archival Survey

Russia/Ukraine Survey Makes Trove of Judaica Accessible

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February 23, 2011, New York, NY

Project Judaica and its Jewish Archival Survey have been awarded grant funding to support the research and publication of Jewish documentary sources in the archives of Southern and Eastern Ukraine. Funding was received from the Rothschild Foundation (Europe) and from the Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Project Judaica is a Jewish studies program based in Moscow that is sponsored jointly by The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the Russian State University for the Humanities. The Jewish Archival Survey, a Project Judaica program that is also conducted by the Ukrainian State Committee on Archives in Kiev, publishes guides to Jewish archival materials in the Former Soviet Union (FSU).

“The ex-Soviet archives are a vast treasure trove of documentation on Jewish history and culture,” says Dr. David E. Fishman, professor of Jewish History at JTS, who serves as the director of Project Judaica. “Thanks to this grant and others, we will be able to make the rich holdings in Odessa and Southern Ukraine available to researchers of all kinds. Since Tsarist Russia was the largest Jewish center in the world a century ago, the discoveries of the Jewish Archival Survey will lead to the rewriting of modern Jewish history.”

Project Judaica, established in 1991, aims to train indigenous Russian scholars of Judaica, reestablish Jewish studies as a legitimate area of university study, foster the revival of Jewish life in Russia, and discover and describe all Jewish-related materials held in the archives of the FSU. Project Judaica maintains an active publications program of textbooks, monographs, and a journal, as well as the Jewish Archival Survey, which has published six guides to Jewish documents in the ex-Soviet archives since 1998. The seventh planned volume is a guide to Southern Ukraine, including the famous port city of Odessa, the main center of Hebrew literature and Zionism in the Russian empire and the home of such figures as poet Chaim Nachman Bialik and political leader Vladimir Jabotinsky.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany is the single largest organization in the world working to secure compensation, restitution, and assistance for survivors of the Holocaust or the heirs of victims.

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