Project Judaica News, 2007–2008
Project Judaica Seminar
- In October of 2007, Project Judaica hosted a lecture with Dr. Elena Rimon (Israel) called “Myth and Metaphor in Modern Israeli Literature.”
- In October of 2007, Project Judaica hosted a lecture by Dr. Reuven Kipervasser of Bar Ilan University (Israel) called “Comparative Study of the Parables in the New Testament.”
Project Judaica News
- In the fall of 2007, Lenoid Dryer taught an evening course for non-matriculated students of Hebrew Language, which was attended by interested students at Russian State University.
- In the summer of 2007, Masha Kaspina led a two-week fieldwork expedition that explored the traditional cultural life of Ashkenazic Jews in Chernovitz.
- Project Judaica is cosponsoring a joint program with the Institute of Reform Judaism. The program trains non-rabbinic synagogue leaders for leadership roles in Reform Congregations throughout the former Soviet Union. In addition to their diplomas from the Institute of Reform Judaism, students will receive a certificate from Russian State University. Two Project Judaica professors, Mark Kupovetsky and Masha Kaspina, are teaching in the program.
- Two Students, Dina and Olga, will be spending the spring of 2008 at JTS as visiting scholars.
- Diana Zingerman, RSU class of 2006, is now serving as the executive assistant to the director of the Joint Distribution Committee in Russia.
- Anna, Gurskaya, a fifth-year Project Judaica student, is serving as the director of Special Projects at the Moscow Hillel.
- Aleski Zubov, a fifth-year Project Judaica student, is working for the “International Center for Study or Russian and Eastern European Jewry” in Moscow coordinating student projects.
- Irina Proshina, a Project Judaica student is working for the Memorial Society to commensurate victims of crimes perpetrated by the Soviet Regime. She is arranging Jewish materials held in archives.
- Project Judaica sponsored an intercollegiate student conference in Judaica on June 22, 2007. Twelve students from Project Judaica presented papers on topics ranging from “Puns in the Bible” to “Problems in the Stories of Nachman of Braslav.”
Project Judaica Faculty News
- Leonid Katsis is literary editor and regular contributor to the Russian Jewish Magazine, LiChayyim.
Project Judaica Forthcoming Publications in the Soviet Union (anticipated 2008)
- Yiddish Language and Culture, edited by David Fishman, Maria Kaspina, and Leonid Katsis. This volume of articles is based on the 2006 Project Judaica International Conference.
- The English Edition to the Guide to Jewish Collections in the “Special Archive,” Moscow, edited by David Fishman, Mark Kupovetsky, and Vladimir Kuzelenkov. This will be published by The Scranton University Press in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Project Judaica Link to Russian State University