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For more than a century, the Russian Empire contained the largest Jewish community in the world. Today, while remaining the third largest Jewish community, the number of Jews is a mere 10% of what it was at the end of the 19th century.

In this survey course, we will trace the historical experience of Jews in Russia, with its dizzying reversals over the course of more than 150 years, highlighting the hopes, triumphs, and agonies of Russian Jewish life and the journey of Jewish identity accompanying those experiences.

Join Cantor Levine as he explores the question as to whether there are lessons for American and diaspora Jewish life to be learned from the transformation of Soviet Jewish identity during those years.

Sundays (11:00am)                                                                                                                                      Thursdays (Noon)
In Person only                                                                                                                                                          Zoom Only
                                                                                                      (note: the Thursday class is a repeat lecture from the Sunday class)
                                                                                      Thursday classes Zoom link:  https://brithshalom-org.zoom.us/j/89059526503
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SUNDAYS THURSDAYS  
2023    
October 15 October 19 A Century of Jewish History
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
October 22 October 26 The Kishenev Pogrom
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
November 5 November 9 World War I
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
November 12 November 16 Becoming Soviet Jews
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
November 19 November 30 Red Star on the Jewish Street
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
December 3 December 7 Reaching for Utopia
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
December 10 December 14 Settling Jews on the Land
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
2024    
January 7 January 11 Confronting the Holocaust in the USSR
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
January 14 January 18 Through Soviet Jewish Eyes – Part 1
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
January 28 February 1 Through Soviet Jewish Eyes – Part 2
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
February 18 February 22 Stalin’s Secret Pogrom
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
March 3 March 7 The Khrushchev Years
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).
March 10 March 14 The Post-Soviet Years
Class Handout (If possible, please print this out before class).

 

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