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26th Annual International Conference on Jewish Studies

The XXVI Annual international conference on Jewish Studies was held on July 14-16, 2019 in Moscow in the Izmailovo-Beta hotel by the Sefer Center and the Institute of Slavic studies of RAS with the support of Genesis Philanthropy Group, presidential grants Fund, Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, Russian Jewish Congress, Jewish Museum and tolerance Center, European Association of Jewish studies and JDC.The conference was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the birth of Rashid Muradovich Kaplanov (1949-2007), the founder of the Sefer center.  


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The conference was attended by more than two hundred scientists from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Estonia, Israel, UK, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, Italy, Lebanon, Turkey. At the opening of the conference, Ambassador of the State of Israel to Russia Gary Koren and Director General of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, Dr. Chaim Ben-Yaakov, made welcoming remarks.  

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Presentations of programs and new publications by the center "Sefer", the Research center of the Jewish Museum and the center of tolerance, as well as the latest publications on Judaica, issued by colleagues from different research centers over the past year were made during the conference.

Young scientists who have achieved notable success in their research activities (V. Gerasimova from Omsk, E. Norkina from St. Petersburg and S. Pogodina from Riga) were awarded grants named after Professor Eugene Wiener.

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The conference program included 33 different sections: "Jewish and Aramaic studies", "Biblical studies", "Jewish thought of late Antiquity and the middle Ages," "Jewish philosophy and the history of the Enlightenment and modern times", "the Holocaust: facts, images, stories", "Jews in USSR", "Non Ashkenazi  communities", "Jewish literature", etc. In the framework of the project by Russian Jewish Congress "Between the Caucasus and Jerusalem: the mountain Jews in the dialogue of cultures" a special section devoted to the history and culture of the mountain Jews was organized during the conference

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The practice of combining the reports of famous scientists and young researchers just beginning their way in science in one section, tested at previous conferences, was again applied and received universal approval.

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The beginning of a new tradition of anniversary literary sections, laid by the meeting "To the 50th anniversary of the death of Itzik Munger", where reports of scientists from Germany, Romania, the USA, Russia and Israel were heard, was considered successful.

The conference is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the birth of Rashid Muradovich Kaplanov, one of the founders of the Sefer Center and the permanent chairman of the Academic Council of the Sefer Center, our colleague and friend. 

Dear colleagues, the results of the selecion process were sent to your emails. 

Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to inform you that the call for papers for the 26th Annual International Conference on Jewish Studies has been announced. The Conference will be held in Moscow on July, 14-16, 2019.

The 26th Annual International conference program will include sections on traditional areas of Jewish studies (Biblical and Talmudic Studies, Jewish Thought, Jewish History, Judeo-Christian Relations, the Holocaust, Israeli Studies, Languages and Literature, Art, Ethnology, Demography, Jewish Genealogy, Museums and Archives, etc.). We also welcome topics that require interdisciplinary approach.

Program Overview

We also plan some special panels, the whole list will be published later:
If you wish to propose a panel, please send its description in English and Russian to

Graduate students and young researchers are invited to take part in the youth panels of the conference, moderated by the leading specialists in their fields of study.

Presentation of last year publications on Jewish studies will also take place.

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The organizers are covering accommodation (double occupancy) in the hotel "Izmailovo-Beta" from the morning of July, 14 to 12.00 of July 16, 2019, and meals for the conference participants (buffet, not kosher). Extra nights at the hotel and other additional services, such as single accommodation, kosher meals, etc. should be paid by the participants themselves.
In case the presentation is co-authored, the accommodation / meals can be paid for only one of the speakers. 

Those of you who need an invitation for an entry visa to the Russian Federation are kindly requested to contact us in advance (additional information is needed, we will send the requirements on request), as the process takes a long time.

Please note that for the youth panels of the conference (young participants without PhD degrees) there are discussants provided, who have to read the detailed abstracts in advance. Please prepare and send us abstracts (2-4 pages) by June, 1.

Information on approved travel grants and official invitations (to those who need them) will be sent out before April, 5.

We are waiting for confirmation of your participation until April, 10

The time limit for one presenter is 20 minutes (including questions). The Conference will be held in Russian and English.

The participants will be provided with accommodation and meals during the Conference.
There are also several travel grants available for graduate students and young researchers (up to 40 years old). 

The full program of the conference will be published on our website after May 20, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Best regards,
Organizing Committee