AVI CHAI’s investment of philanthropic resources in this program has seen some noteworthy accomplishments. In 2007, with significant funding from AVI CHAI (close to $1 million since 2003, when the first grant was provided to the program), the status of what once was a “Center for Jewish Studies at Moscow State University” the most prestigious and influential university in the FSU, was officially recognized as a full-fledged “Department of Jewish Studies,” making it the first Department in Russian history. The official Department status enabled the program to receive additional classroom space, offices, a small library and student conference room and, importantly, added new full-time faculty positions and a growing number of university scholarship stipends for the most outstanding students. Enrollment in the program has grown from 60 students in the 2004/05 academic year to 101 in 2010/11 and, over this period, the academic staff has been joined by seven young faculty members, all alumni of the program.
Other Programs in this Category:
- Academic Programs in St. Petersburg
- Sefer: The Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization
- Young Judaica: Programs for Jewish High School Students in the FSU