Jewish Russia with Vladimir Ivanov

Jewish Russia with Vladimir Ivanov


No events are scheduled at this time. Want to be notified when it’s back? Click the blue button to the right and we’ll notify you.

Can't make this time? A video recording will be sent to all participants after the seminar.

After the partition of Poland in the eighteenth century, during the reign of Catherine the Great, the Russian Empire acquired the largest Jewish community in the world (67% of Jews). Even today, the Jewish population in Russia nears almost 200,000. The history of Jewish Russia is an endless field for investigation; this seminar will cover the milestones in Jewish history, as well as the most fascinating sites to visit.
Giving an overview of the history of the Jewish community of Russia, we will focus both on pre-revolutionary and Soviet history. We will discuss the Hassidic movement and non-Ashkenazi Jewish communities in the Caucasus and Central Asia, anti-Jewish pogroms of the early twentieth century, and the struggle for equality as part of the revolutionary movement. Exploring peculiarities of Soviet national policy, we will see why the Soviets established the “Jewish Autonomous Region” on the border with China (still existing as part of the Russian Federation), and what was behind the mass emigration of Jews from the country in the 1970-80s.
We’ll then move on to an exploration of Jewish sites in St Petersburg. We’ll explore the majestic Grand Choral Synagogue (with its unexpected Sephardic style), places where Marc Chagall worked, lived, and invented his flying figures, and, finally, vast Jewish collections of the Ethnographic Museum.
The seminar is led by St-Petersburg-based art-historian Vladimir Ivanov who worked as a keeper of medieval Jewish manuscripts in the Public Library. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge of two-hundred years of love and hatred between Russians and Jews.

Holding an MA in Classics, Vladimir is a published author, exhibition curator, and acclaimed Context Tour Guide. He has made several guest appearances on podcasts with topics connected to the History of the Russian Revolution – as well as Photography.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
65%
(11)
29%
(5)
0%
(0)
6%
(1)
0%
(0)
K
K.A. (Los Angeles, US)
DEEP ROOTS

Very interesting history of Jewish life in RUSSIA.

D
D.B. (Casper, US)
Jewish Russia

Historic review of the Russian Jewish experience.

G
Gloria Levitt (Princeton, US)
Jewish Russia

Thank you for telling me that you will be showing a recording available this week!!! As I missed original webinar!

J
Joan Kuriansky (Rockville, US)
Jewish Russia

Enjoyed the integration of history art food and music

A
Anonymous (Chapel Hill, US)

Informative and very interesting! Speaker was very knowledgeable and I would enjoy meeting him if in St Petersburg.

Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
65%
(11)
29%
(5)
0%
(0)
6%
(1)
0%
(0)
K
K.A. (Los Angeles, US)
DEEP ROOTS

Very interesting history of Jewish life in RUSSIA.

D
D.B. (Casper, US)
Jewish Russia

Historic review of the Russian Jewish experience.

G
Gloria Levitt (Princeton, US)
Jewish Russia

Thank you for telling me that you will be showing a recording available this week!!! As I missed original webinar!

J
Joan Kuriansky (Rockville, US)
Jewish Russia

Enjoyed the integration of history art food and music

A
Anonymous (Chapel Hill, US)

Informative and very interesting! Speaker was very knowledgeable and I would enjoy meeting him if in St Petersburg.