WINTER SCHOOL ON JEWISH STUDIES 2014

WinterSchoolon Jewish Studies organized bySeferCentertook place on 5th– 9thof February, 2014 in “Dobroe”. The school was organized in partnership withChaisCenterfor Jewish Studies in Russian (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).WinterSchoolon Jewish Studies was held with financial support by Avi Chai Foundation,Genesis Philanthropy GroupandIsraelCulturalCenterinMoscow.

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55 students fromRussia(Moscow, Saint-Petersburg,Kazan, Nizhnekamsk, Nizhniy Novgorod,Perm,Irkutsk,Severodvinsk),Ukraine(Kiev,Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkiv,Odessa, Vorzel, Zolotonosha, Lugansk, Nezhin, Shepetovka),Belarus(Minck,Grodno, Novopolotsk),Latvia(Riga),Poland(Warsaw) andCzech Republic(Prague) participated in the School.

The lecturers were fromRussia,UkraineandIsrael.

The courses were divided into 4 groups:

- classical Jewish texts and their interpretation (Mikhail Seleznyov Jewish Bible and Its Greek Re-Interpretation, Alexey Lyavdansky The Prophecy As Poetical Competition and Reuven Kipervasser Meeting with the Angel of Death Narrative Topos in Talmudic Literature As the Way to Impression the Talmudic Culture);

- history of Jews inEastern Europe(Semion Goldin The Jews of Russia and WWI, Dmitry Feldman The Jews of Russian Empire in Napoleon’s Wars, Vladimir Lyubchenko Jews-Farmers in Eastern Europe (17801930));

- Jews on the cultural crossroads (Victor Shnirelman Religion and Antisemitism, Semion Parizhsky Warrior, Wiseman, Lover: the Ideal of Masculinity in Medieval Hebrew Poetry, Galina Zelenina Love and Hatred under the Tribunal: Gender and Communal Relations in Marranos Community);

- ModernIsrael(Zeev Khanin Religion, Power and Community inIsraelin the Beginning of 21stCentury, Eugeny Tartakovsky Global Migration Processes and Immigration Politics inIsrael, Stanislav Kozheurov The Problem of Representative Democracy on the Border of the Centuries:Israelin Comparative Perspective).

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Dr. Zeev Khanin gave the plenary lecture The Island of Israel: between Syrian Conflict, Iran Threat and Egypt Revolution.

The program included 2 beit-midrash: literary (Alina Polonskaya What We Dont Like in Them?) and Talmudic-philosophical (Reuven Kipervasser and Sergey Stepanishchev The Dialectics of Vision and Its Absence). There was also the round table dedicated to the theme of Jews participating in Ukranian revolution. The entertainment part included 3 movie-views with the discussion leaded by Sergey Stepanishchev and Katerina Pits.

As 2014 is the year of Sefers 20thanniversary there was an evening dedicated to this events where students, lecturers and organizers shared their memories and experience connected withSeferCenter.

The full program (in Russian) is availablehere.

Photo Album ishere.