AVI CHAI concluded its general grant making on December 31, 2019.

Tzietz: Department of Jewish Studies at Moscow State University

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.
Tzietz at Moscow State University

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