Jewish Life after the USSR

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Since the late 1980s, one of the world’s largest Jewish populations has faced a unique dilemma: at the very time it has gained unprecedented freedoms, Soviet and post-Soviet Jewry has encountered political uncertainty, economic instability, and resurgent antisemitism. A population teetering simultaneously on the edge of decline and revival, Jews in the former Soviet Union have had to decide whether to take advantage of the new opportunity to revive Jewish life and rebuild Jewish communities, live in the newly established states but disappear as Jews, or abandon their former homes and emigrate to Israel or elsewhere.

Jewish Life after the USSR is the first book to study post-Soviet Jewry in depth. Its careful analyses of demographic, cultural, political, and ethnic processes affecting an important post-Soviet population also give insights into larger developments in the post-Soviet states. A fine-grained snapshot of one of the world’s great Jewish centers, the volume is essential reading for those seeking to understand the past, present, and future of post-Soviet Jewry.

Contributors:
Robert J. Brym, Valery Chervyakov, Alanna Cooper, Theodore H. Friedgut, Zvi Gitelman, Musya Glants, Marshall I. Goldman, Martin Horwitz, Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Mikhail Krutikov, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Yaacov Ro’i, Vladimir Shapiro, Sarai Brachman Shoup, and Mark Tolts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253341624
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Science and Preston Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

Musya Glants, an art historian, is a Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University.

Marshall I. Goldman is Davis Professor of Russian Economics, Emeritus, Wellesley College, and Associate Director of the Davis Center for Russian
Studies, Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Introduction Jewish Life after the USSR: A Community in Transition Zvi Gitelman

I. Jews and the Soviet Regime

1. Religion, Israel, and the Development of Soviet Jewry's National Consciousness, 1967-1991 Yaacov Ro'i
2. Nationalities Policy, the Soviet Regime, the Jews, and Emigration Theodore H. Friedgut

II. Politics and Identity

3. Thinking about Being Jewish in Russia and Ukraine Zvi Gitelman

4. E Pluribus Unum? Post-Soviet Jewish Identities and their Implications for Communal Reconstruction Valery Chervyakov, Zvi Gitelman, and Vladimir Shapiro

5. Russian Jews in Business Marshall I. Goldman

6. Russian Antisemitism, 1996-2000 Robert J. Brym

III. Reconstructing Jewish Communities

7. The Widening Gap Between Our Model of Russian Jewry and the Reality (1989-1999) Martin Horwitz

8. From Leadership to Community: Laying the Foundation for Jewish Community in Russia Sarai Brachman Shoup

9. Feasting, Memorializing, Praying, and Remaining Jewish in the Soviet Union: The Case of the Bukharan Jews Alanna Cooper

10. The Revival of Academic Studies of Judaica in Independent Ukraine Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

11. Demography of the Jews in the Former Soviet Union: Yesterday and Today Mark Tolts

IV. Jews and Russian Culture

12. Jewish Converts to Orthodoxy in the Contemporary Period Judith Deutsch Kornblatt

13. Jewish Artists in Russian Art: Painting and Sculpture from the 1960s to the 1990s Musya Glants

14. Constructing Jewish Identity in Contemporary Russian Fiction Mikhail Krutikov

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