In October 2013 «Sefer» announced the starting of the new project that allows to take part in courses on Jewish Studies during the whole academic year not leaving the house.

Webinar is a new educational form that allows students from different countries to take part in lectures and language courses. It has minimum requirements (such as stabile Internet connection and microphone). We make our webinars on system, which is extremely easy and gives to the lecturers possibility to demonstrate photos, illustrations and texts and to interact with the students.

The project has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group and L.A. Pincus Fund for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, Israel.

In our project we have 3 main branches:

1. Language courses, which include:

  • Biblical Hebrew (Leonid Dreyer, RSUH). Most of the students know modern Hebrew or biblical Hebrew on beginner level. During the lectures students read texts from Tanakh and deeply work on the grammar.
  • Yiddish (Alina Polonskaya, RSUH).
  • Modern Hebrew (Maria Mitlina).

2 lessons a week.

2. «Long» courses:

  • Jewish Ethnogrpahy and Folklore: from field materials to theoretical articles (Svetlana Amosova, Maria Kaspina, Moscow), 16 seminars, September 2016 - May 2017.
  • "Wissenschaft des Judentums" in Russian (Vasily Shchedrin, Kingstone), September 2016 - May 2017.
  • History of the State of Israel (Dmitry Maryasis, Moscow), 12 lectures, January 2016 - May 2016.
  • Major Turning Points in Modern Jewish History (Maksim Hammal, Moscow), 12 lectures, December 2015 - April 2016.
  • Slow Reading of Classical Jewish Texts (Andrey Pshenitskiy, Jerusalem), 16 seminars, September 2015 - May 2016.
  • Introduction into Biblical Archaelogy (Mikhail Freikman, Jerusalem), 16 lectures, February 2014 - December 2015.
  • Introduction into Jewish Mystics (Mark Gondelman, Jerusalem), 16 lectures, October 2014 - May 2015.
  • Jewish Epigraphics (Motl Gordon, Tamara Solomatina, Saint-Petersburg) - spring 2014, spring 2015.
  • Jewish folklore (Maria Kaspina, Svetlana Amosova, Moscow) - from October 2013 to May/June 2014.

1 lecture every 2 weeks.

These courses are especially useful for the participants of Sefer’s ethnographic and epigraphic expeditions, it gives practical and theoretical knowledge that is irreplaceable in the «field works».

3. Short courses (from 5 to 8 lectures):

  • Jerusalem between Symbol and Reality: the Creation of Symbolical Space of City in History (Lidia Chakovskaya, Moscow), 7 lectures, April-May 2017.
  • Politic of Representation in Israeli Cinema (Svetlana Pakhomova, Moscow), 5 lectures, February-March 2017.
  • "Big Brother, Where art Thou?" Conspiracy Theories in Contemporary Politics and Culture (Ilya Yablokov, Leeds), 5 lectures, March 2017.
  • Synagogue Architecture of Galicia, Volhynia and Podolia (Serget Kravtsov, Jerusalem), 4 lectures, January 2017. 
  • Kabbalah and Materialistic Dialectics (Yoel Regev, Jerusalem), 8 lectures, November-December 2016.
  • Medieval Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts (Dilshat Hamran, Moscow), 5 lectures, November 2016.
  • Jews in India (Anton Zykov, Moscow), 4 lectures, September 2016.
  • Beautiful Jewess in World Literature (Alina Polonskaya, Jerusalem), September-October 2016.
  • Between Sky and Earth: the Ideas of Spiritual and Intellectual Ascension in Synagogue Art (Ilya Rodov, Bar Ilan), 3 lectures, February 2016.
  • Jewish Art in the 20th Century: 7 Artists (Maria Berezanskaya, Moscow), 7 lectures, September - December 2015. 
  • The Horns of Moses VS the Horns of Devil: Jews in the Medieval Christian Iconography (Mikhail Maizuls, Moscow), 4 lectures, December 2014.
  • Exegesis of Genesis: the Forms and the Ideas of Bereshit Rabba (Reuven Kiperwasser, Jerusalem), 4 lectures, October-November 2014.
  • The History of Antisemitism in the Russian Empire (end of 19th – beginning of 20th centuries (Vyacheslav Lihachev). March – May\June 2014.
  • Jewish Traditional Music (Mark Kovnatskiy, Dmitriy Slepovich). January-March 2014.
  • Introduction into Yiddish Literature (Valery Dymshits). November-December 2013.
  • Qumran: the History of the Community and the History of the Research (Michael Tuval). October-November 2013.

Our students are from Russia (including Central Russia and Siberia), Belarus, Ukraine, Baltic countries, Germany, Poland, Israel. Our lecturers are from Russia, Israel, Germany and the USA.

Records of some webinars are available on YouTube.

Detailed information on the project you can find on our Facebook page or contact the Project Manager on sefer.webinar@gmail.com.