In October 2013 «Sefer» announced the new project that allows to take part in courses on Jewish Studies during the whole academic year not leaving the house. The project has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group, President’s Grant Foundation, JOODS Humanitair Fond, L.A. Pincus Fund for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, Israel and UJA Federation of New York

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 use the system, which is extremely easy and gives to the lecturers the possibility to demonstrate photos, illustrations and texts and to interact with the students.

The registration for the language groups in the 2019/2020 academic year is closed.

For begginers
Yiddishregistration for the 2019/2020 academic year is closed
Biblical Hebrewregistration for the 2019/2020 academic year is closed
Modern Hebrewregistration for the 2019/2020 academic year is closed


*Traditional decoration of Jewish tombstones in Eastern Europe(mini-course by Mikhail Vasiliev, 15.04, 22.04, 29.04)

In the 2019/2020 academic year the followinglectures and mini-courses were held

(Courses are in Russian)

*Architecture of utopian imagination(lecture by Viktor Wachstein, 02.09)

Urbanghetto: the trajectory of a single concept (lecture by Viktor Wachstein, 03.09)

*Anti-Semitism in modern Russia-the main myths and stories(lecture by Viktor Shnirelman, 10.09)

*Careful,matzo! The struggle against the "religious attribute" in the USSR(lecture by Alexandra Arkhipova, 14.09)

"Neighbors not of our faith": Jews in the memoirs of modern oldbelievers in Moldova(lecture by Natalia Dushakova, 17.09)

*Memorial culture in the digital age: total Yolocaust (lecture by Oksana Moroz, 20.09)

*Soap madefrom Jews: reality and legends of the Holocaust(lecture by Alexandra Arkhipova, 21.09)

*Jews andsports: a controversial phenomenon of modernity(Maxim Gammal mini-course, 4.10, 11.10, 18.10, 25.10)

*Dura-Europos-a vivid evidence of Jewish life in late antiquity(mini-course by Lidia hak'ovskaya, 15.10, 16.10, 22.10)

*Discourses of Anti-Semitism in the Public Sphere(lecture by Johannes Angermuller in English, 11.11)

*Theory ofthe "zhidomason" conspiracy(lecture by Anastasia Astapova, 20.11)

*Jewish Ethnography(mini-course by Maria Kaspina, 8.11, 15.11, 22.11, 29.11)

*Jewishartist Lazar Lisitsky(mini-course by Valery Dymshits, 12.11, 19.11, 26.11)

Modern mountain-Jewish community of Derbent: how we study it (collective course of Svetlana Amosova, Maria Vyatchina, Svetlana Pogodina, Arusyak Aghababyan, Elizaveta Zabolotnykh 13.12, 17.12, 20.12)

*Thelegend of Jewish ritual murder in European and Russian culture(lecture by Alexander Panchenko 22.12)

*Messiahs and their friends about telling themselves: genre and identity of early moderntimes(lecture by Mark M. Gondelman, 24.12)

*Vowels in modern Hebrew(mini-course by Sergey Belousov, 22.01, 29.01)

* Sleepless nights of the Bible poets: how Psalms ' work(mini-course by Mikhail Vogman, 14.01, 21.01, 28.01, 11.02)

European literature in Hebrew of the first half - mid-XIX century(mini-course of Alexandra Polyan, 26.02, 4.03, 11.03)

year 2018/2019

year 2017/2018:

year 2016/2017:
Jews in India (. Zykov, Moscow)

Year 2015/2016:

Introduction into Biblical Archaeology (Mikhail Freikman, Jerusalem)
Slow Reading of Classical Jewish Texts (Andrey Pshenitskiy, Jerusalem),
Jewish Art in the 20th Century: (Maria Berezanskaya, Moscow)History of the State of Israel (Dmitry Maryasis, Moscow),
Modern Jewish History (Maksim Hammal, Moscow),
Between Sky and Earth: the Ideas of Spiritual and Intellectual Ascension in Synagogue Art (Ilya Rodov, Bar Ilan),
I Bashevis-Singer in Yiddish and in English; the change of language, reader and context. (V. Fedchenko, St-Petersburg)

Year 2014/2015:
Introduction into Jewish Mystics (Mark Gondelman, Jerusalem),
Exegesis of Genesis: the Forms and the Ideas of Bereshit Rabba (Reuven Kiperwasser, Jerusalem)
The Horns of Moses VS the Horns of Devil: Jews in the Medieval Christian Iconography (Mikhail Maizuls, Moscow),
Introduction into Biblical Archaelogy (Mikhail Freikman, Jerusalem)

Year 2013/2014:
Qumran: the History of the Community and the History of the Research (Michael Tuval).
History of the Yiddish Literature (Valery Dymshits)
Jewish Traditional Music (Mark Kovnatskiy, Dmitriy Slepovich)
Antisemitism and nationalism in Russia and around (V. Likhachev, Jerusalem)

Epigrahy course (2014)
Epigrahy course for beginners (2015)
Epigrahy course for advanced (2015)
Jewish Folklore course (2014)

Judaika for home delivery on Avi Chai Foundation Web site
Jewish studies in a new format on Jewish News Agency site

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