“Russia”

Blog

"Himl un Erd: Artifacts, Imagination, and Speculative Russian Jewish Pasts and Futures"

Yaakov Lipsker

Lipsker reviews Yevgeniy Fiks's exhibition Himl un Erd, a project that boldly probes the connections between Russian-Jewish history and the Soviet space-exploration projects.

Blog

Before Birobidzhan

Yevgeniy Fiks

Yevgeniy Fiks visits Birobidzhan, and refuses nostalgia and mourning on his return.

Blog

Diocese of Birobidzhan

Yevgeniy Fiks

Yevgeniy Fiks looks at Birobidzhan's (Christian) present.

Text & Translation

ייִדישע קינסטלער אין דער הײַנטיקער רוסישער קונסט

Jewish Artists in Contemporary Russian Art

Henryk Berlewi

Translation by Rachel Field

Henryk Berlewi's 1922 essay on Jewish art in Russia, published in Milgroym.

Review

“The Worst Good Idea Ever”? The Birobidzhan Project and Soviet Jewish Culture

Natalie Belsky

Masha Gessen's new book explores the history of the Jewish Autonomous Region of Birobidzhan through the story of David Bergelson and Simon Dubnow, whose thought and writing influenced its development.

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Jews in the Archives: A Conversation with Gennady Estraikh

Sarah Ellen Zarrow

Gennady Estraikh speaks with Managing Editor Sarah Ellen Zarrow about the groundbreaking project “A Comprehensive History of the Jews of the Soviet Union,” a seven-year initiative led by researchers in NYU’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.