Project Judaica

The Jewish Theological Seminary conducts a joint academic program in Jewish Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) in Moscow and at the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NUKMA) in Kiev, which: 

  • Trains accredited specialists in Jewish history and culture within the framework of Russian and Ukrainian higher education.
  • Trains the future leaders of the Russian and Ukrainian Jewish communities.
  • Acquaints college students with Jewish history and civilization.
  • Locates and records all archival collections in the former Soviet Union that are related to Jewish history and culture.
  • Publishes guides to Jewish archival sources in the former Soviet Union, making these resources accessible to interested researchers.

Project Judaica students pursue their university’s general curriculum while majoring in Jewish history and culture over a four-year program of study. 

Instruction is provided by visiting professors from JTS and local instructors in Hebrew and Yiddish languages, Bible, Rabbinic literature, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy and thought, and modern Jewish literature and culture. 

Student Resources

RSUH houses a Judaica reference library of more than 5,000 volumes in Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and English for use by students, faculty, and the general public. 

Archival Project

The end of the Soviet Union provided an unprecedented opportunity to investigate materials on Jewish history and culture held in Soviet archives that had been unavailable to researchers for many decades. Project Judaica directs the Jewish Archival Survey (JAS) to locate, record, and describe Jewish archival resources throughout the former Soviet Union. The Jewish Archival Survey has published nine archival guides to date, covering Moscow, St. Petersburg, Belarus, Kyiv (Kiev), and various regions of Ukraine. Further guides are currently in progress. 


Project Judaica publishes a series of studies called Judaica Rossica, the most recent volume of which was dedicated to Yiddish language and culture in the Soviet Union. It also publishes university-level Judaica textbooks in Russian for universities, including From Abraham to the Present: Lectures in Jewish History and Literature (edited by David E. Fishman and Burton Visotzky); Anthology of Hebrew Literature (edited by Hamutal Bar Yosef); Introduction to the Pentateuch (Igor Tantlevsky); and The Medieval Hebrew Book (Shimon Iakerson).