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2023 Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Seminar

Jews in the Soviet Union: Identity, Particularity, and Antisemitism

Black-on-white illustration of men seated at a seder table

The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to host a 5-session lecture and discussion program informed by the rare book and archival holdings of the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection at Gelman Library.


Each session runs 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with refreshments provided, on Gelman Library’s 7th Floor.

  • Monday, February 13, 2023
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2023
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2023
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2023
  • Monday, April 3, 2023

Students who complete the program will receive a fellowship award of $300.


Topics will include the history of antisemitism in Europe and Imperial Russia, Jewish particularity and perceptions of patriotism in the Soviet era, Jewish resistance movements as part of the larger landscape of dissent in the Soviet Union, and Soviet antizionism’s implications for contemporary antizionist discourse.

Students will help curate a small exhibit of Kiev Judaica Collection materials discussed in the course of the program. Short readings will occasionally be required. 

Guest Speakers

Dr. Lauren B. Strauss, Senior Professorial Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, American University Jewish Studies Program

Ms. Izabella Tabarovsky, Senior Associate, the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and contributing writer at Tablet magazine

Dr. Mark Yoffe, Russia, Eurasia, Eastern and Central Europe Resource Center Librarian, the George Washington University


Applications are due by January 31, 2023.

To apply, please complete this form. All George Washington University students are invited to apply.

We welcome your questions! Please write to for assistance.

Image: Hagode far gloyber un apikorsim [Haggadah for believers and apostates], Moscow, 1927. Communist parody of the Passover liturgy, part of a Yiddish-language antireligious campaign (I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection).

Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Seminar Staff