Volume 17, 2012-2013 : Formal and Informal Jewish Education:
Lessons and Challenges in Israel and in the Diaspora

Academic Jewish Studies and Secular Jewish Identity in Post-Soviet Russia and the FSU
Irina Kopchenova
Assistant Coordinator of Student Programs, Sefer Center, Moscow, Russia Center for Judeo-Slavics, Institute of Slavic Studies, The Russian Academy of Sciences

This essay examines the role of informal educational programs in the area of Jewish studies at the Sefer Center (www.sefer.ru) for the gradual emergence of the community of young Russian intellectuals united by their common interest in the Jewish civilization. Along with reaching their academic and cultural targets, student programs at Sefer facilitate fortification of the tenuous Jewish identity among post-Soviet Jewish youths and young adults.

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