In 2007, AVI CHAI began providing support to two academic programs in St. Petersburg: The Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies at the St. Petersburg State University (the second largest and prestigious university in the FSU) and a smaller program, Petersburg Judaica housed at the St. Petersburg European University and led by a small number of active and talented academics.
The Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies at St. Petersburg State University
AVI CHAI funding has enabled the Center, which is part of the Faculty of Philosophy of St. Petersburg State University, to accept students on an annual basis (rather than the previous policy of accepting new cohorts once every two years), open a new Judaica collection as a part of St. Petersburg University’s library, and to receive funding for book acquisitions and publications. Since this funding became available, Professor Igor Tantelvsky, the head of the Center, has been working to attain official Department status and, provided the negotiations proceed well, it is expected that formal recognition will be granted in 2011. At the present time, there are 45 students pursuing degrees at the Center.
Petersburg Judaica at St. Petersburg’s European University
This small but active program provides courses that European University students can audit on Jewish research primarily done in East European regions where many Jewish shtetls existed at the time of the Pale of Settlement. Funding is provided toward a select number of students who are pursuing their graduate degrees in areas of Jewish culture and research and toward publications and exhibitions presenting Jewish collections and works to the wider public.
Other Programs in this Category:
- Sefer: The Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization
- Tzietz: Department of Jewish Studies at Moscow State University
- Young Judaica: Programs for Jewish High School Students in the FSU