Eurasian Enigma: The New Jewish Diaspora with Zvi Gitelman

Zvi Gitelman and his book The New Jewish Diaspora

Zvi Gitelman is the editor of The New Jewish Diaspora: Russian-Speaking Immigrants in Israel, the United States, and Germany (Rutgers University Press, 2016), a volume based on a selection of papers from the Conference on the Russian-Speaking Jewish Diaspora held at the Davis Center in 2011.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The vast majority of Russian-speaking Jews today live outside the former Soviet Union. We spoke with Zvi Gitelman about this population, their remarkable impact on the societies that send and receive them, and how traditional notions of "diaspora" and "homeland" have blurred in our globalized world.

Zvi Gitelman is professor of political science and Preston Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. His books include Jewish Identities in Post-Communist Russia and Ukraine: An Uncertain Ethnicity and A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union. He co-chaired the Davis Center's 2011 Conference on the Russian-Speaking Jewish Diaspora, and is editor of the volume based on that conference, The New Jewish Diaspora: Russian-Speaking Immigrants in Israel, the United States, and Germany. He has served as director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

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The New Jewish Diaspora: Russian-Speaking Immigrants in Israel, the United States, and Germany
(Rutgers University Press, 2016)
Edited by Zvi Gitelman 
Contributions by Zvi Gitelman, Mark Tolts, Uzi Rebhun, Marina Sapritsky, Jonathan Dekel-Chen, Hannah Pollin-Galay, Steven J. Gold, Olena Bagno-Moldavski, Yaacov Ro'i, Gur Ofer, Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Sveta Roberman, Elena Nosenko-Shtein, Nelly Elias, Julia Lerner, Anna Shternshis, Mikhail Krutikov, Stephanie Sandler, Adrian Wanner

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