Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry

The Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry seeks to increase the knowledge and appreciation of the rich history and culture of Russian-speaking Jews by bringing together scholars and experts from around the world.

The Project sponsors seminars, panels, symposia, public programs and related activities to promote and broaden the study of the history, culture, identity and legacy of the Jews of Russia and Eurasia. We encourage interdisciplinary inquiry on critical topics related to Russian and Eurasian Jewish identity and contributions. 

One of the Project’s principal arms is the Seminar on Russian and Eurasian Jewry, which features innovative thinkers, practitioners, authors, journalists and historians.

The Great Russian Jews Who Shaped the World panel series examines the contributions, achievements and legacies of individuals including Israel’s fourth prime minister, Golda Meir; author and Shoah witness Vasily Grossman; violin virtuoso David Oistrakh; and World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. Videos of these events are available on this website and via YouTube.

The Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry was established at the Davis Center in the fall of 2017 with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group. The Project is directed by Maxim D. Shrayer.

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Based primarily on correspondence, this presentation will address some of the Vita Nova’s attempts to break through the Nazi propaganda machine.

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During the Cold War, Soviet Jews had to make one of the most important decisions of their lives: to flee, or not to flee, the incoming German invasion.

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Maxim D. Shrayer delivers a translingual poetic manifesto of despair, hope, love, and loss.