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.
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.
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..
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
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.
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.
- a panel devoted to the 50th death anniversary of Itsik Manger;
- a panel about history and culture of Lithuanian Jewry
- Romania, Romania, Romania': Between dream and reality in the first Half of the 20th Century
- Between the Mundane and the Divine: Images, Technologies and Kabbalah in the Early Modern Period