Review of Marina Mogilner’s A Race for the Future: Scientific Visions of Modern Russian Jewishness

James Nadel

With a focus on Russian Jewish race scientists, Mogilner traces how biology informed notions of Jewish difference mobilized by communal organizations and political activists in imperial Russia and the early Soviet period.


Review of Utopia’s Discontents: Russian Emigres and the Quest for Freedom, 1830s—1930s by Faith Hillis

Joshua Meyers

Created out of necessity as a response to Tsarist repression, Hillis argues that circles of Russian emigre groups, or “colonies,” represented a crucial space in the development of Russian politics.


Yiddish Studies in Russian: 2014–2019

Ekaterina Kuznetsova

An annotated bibliography of Yiddish Studies scholarship published in Russia between 2014 and 2019.


Moscow’s Yiddish Center: An Interview with Lyubov Lavrova and Olga Vinogradova

Tova Benjamin

Tova Benjamin, Lyubov Lavrova, and Olga Vinogradova discuss Yiddish in Moscow, including the Jewish Museum in Moscow, organizing a leyen krayz, and contemporary Yiddish culture in Moscow.


My Hunger for Knowledge Was Immense: On Learning and Teaching Yiddish

Kolya Borodulin

Borodulin’s acceptance speech for the 2019 Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Prize, in which he outlines how he came to find a passion for Yiddish language instruction. 


"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. 


Before Birobidzhan

Yevgeniy Fiks

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


Diocese of Birobidzhan

Yevgeniy Fiks

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

Texts & 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.


“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.


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.