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Jews in Central Asia: New Research Collaboration

11.11.2009

A New Collaboration: Documenting Jewish Communities in the Republics of Central Asia (in the former Soviet Union)
 


New material about the communities of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) will be collected and documented within the framework of a new collaboration between three research bodies: The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beth Hatefutsoth, The Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian & East European Jewry at the Hebrew University, and the Petersburg Institute of Jewish Studies, Russia. 

Dr. Ilya Dvorkin of the Nevzlin Center initiated and organized a mission of Jewish researchers to the FSU, including Central Asia, who collected materials that document Jewish communal life in these areas. Some of the communities ceased to exist with the mass emigration to Israel and North America in 1990-1991. The mission collected photos, films and other recordings to be used for future exhibitions.
 
The generous support of the NADAV Foundation for the Advancement of Jewish Heritage, chaired by Leonid Nevzlin, enabled the digitizing of these materials. Copyright is reserved for the Jewish Institute in St. Petersburg, and all materials will be entered into the databases of the Visual Documentation center at Beth Hatefutsoth. Thus far, material on Bukharian Jewry has been entered into the database, and efforts continue to collect more material in central Asia and the FSU.