Jewish Life after the USSR

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A study by leading experts of the cultural, political, demographic and social evolution of Jewish religious and communal life after the fall of the Soviet Union in regions that still encompass one of the largest Jewish diaspora populations.

Author Biography: Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Science and Preston Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is author of A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and...

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Overview

A study by leading experts of the cultural, political, demographic and social evolution of Jewish religious and communal life after the fall of the Soviet Union in regions that still encompass one of the largest Jewish diaspora populations.

Author Biography: Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Science and Preston Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is author of A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present (Second, Expanded Edition Indiana University Press, 2001) and Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: The Jewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917-1930 and editor of Bitter Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust in the USSR (Indiana University Press, 1997).
Musya Glants, a Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University, is coeditor (with Joyce Toomre) of Food in Russian History and Culture (Indiana University Press, 1997).
Marshall I. Goldman is Davis Professor of Russian Economics, Emeritus, Wellesley College and Associate Director the Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University. He is author of What Went Wrong with Perestroika?, Lost Opportunity: What Has Made Economic Reform in in Russia So Difficult?, and Gorbachev's Challenge: Economic Reform in the Age of High Technology.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780253215567
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
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
Contributors 275
Index 279
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