From the American Midwest to the Jewish-Soviet Crossroads

How Graduate Fellow Cyrus Rodgers found his way from a Midwest childhood to the complex work of Jewish-Soviet writers like Isaac Babel.

Learning Ladino, a Language I Already Knew

Graduate Fellow Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano specializes in Ottoman Turkish history, but his Jewish Studies research project has led him to a rare Ladino manuscript.

Finding Family Roots & Exploring Jewish Nationalisms

Denise Grollmus' discovery that her family had Jewish roots led her to study contemporary Jewish-Polish culture.

Secular? Moderate? Middle Class? Not Quite

Graduate student Anat Goldman questions the inclusivity of Israel's Yesh Atid party and the meaning of Ruth Calderon's Knesset speech.

Arkady Raikin & the Politics of Jewish Comedy

What can the career of a Russian theater legend teach us about Soviet Jewish identity in the period of Israel's establishment?

Jews in Soviet Cinema of the 1920s-1940s

Cinema is a visual document of the transformation of attitudes towards Jews in the Soviet Union.

Migration Stories

PhD student and scholarship winner Yoav Duman explains how his personal history led to an interest in immigration studies.

St. Petersburg: New Pride, Old Prejudice?

Grad student Veronica Muskheli muses on museums and their role in Jewish cultural continuity.