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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.
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.
|I||Jews and the Soviet Regime|
|1||Religion, Israel, and the Development of Soviet Jewry's National Consciousness, 1967-91||13|
|2||Nationalities Policy, the Soviet Regime, the Jews, and Emigration||27|
|II||Politics, Identity, and Society|
|3||Thinking about Being Jewish in Russia and Ukraine||49|
|4||E Pluribus Unum? Post-Soviet Jewish Identities and Their Implications for Communal Reconstruction||61|
|5||Russian Jews in Business||76|
|6||Russian Antisemitism, 1996-2000||99|
|III||Reconstructing Jewish Communities|
|7||The Widening Gap between Our Model of Russian Jewry and the Reality (1989-99)||117|
|8||From Leadership to Community: Laying the Foundation for Jewish Community in Russia||127|
|9||Feasting, Memorializing, Praying, and Remaining Jewish in the Soviet Union: The Case of the Bukharan Jews||141|
|10||The Revival of Academic Studies of Judaica in Independent Ukraine||152|
|11||Demography of the Jews in the Former Soviet Union: Yesterday and Today||173|
|IV||Jews and Russian Culture|
|12||Jewish Converts to Orthodoxy in Russia in Recent Decades||209|
|13||Jewish Artists in Russian Art: Painting and Sculpture in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras||224|
|14||Constructing Jewish Identity in Contemporary Russian Fiction||252|