From Saving Soviet Jews to Being Saved by Them

09/14/2017 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Hilary J. Boone Center
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Professor David Shneer
David Shneer, Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and Professor of History, Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder

“From Saving Soviet Jews to Being Saved by Them: The Future of the Global Jewish World”

For fifty years and instigated by the Israeli government, the global Jewish world mobilized to advocate for Jews’ right to emigrate from Soviet Union, the 3rd largest Jewish community in the world after the United States and Israel. The movement was so successful that more than 2 million Soviet and post-Soviet Jews left their homes for Israel, the US, Germany, Canada, and elsewhere. In the past twenty-five years, Soviet and post-Soviet Jews, who went from being the poor, downtrodden brethren of empowered US- and Israeli based Jews in need of social services, have reshaped their Jewish societies to such an extent that now post-Soviet Jews are reshaping the Jewish world in their image. In this talk, we will learn about the past, present, and future of global Jewry through the lens of the Russian-Speaking Jews, as they are known in the Jewish non-profit world.
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