Address: Russia 103009 Moscow, Mokhovaia ul., 9, rm. 329
Web site: http://www.judaica.ru/english/uni_e.html
One of the first private schools of higher learning in Russia, the Jewish University in Moscow (JUM) was founded in 1991 by a group of Moscow Jewish academics and the Institute for Jewish Studies in the CIS chaired by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz with the assistance of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Though it receives no financial support from Russia's state agencies, JUM is an accredited School of Jewish Education and Culture of the Moscow State Pedagogical University, a status that allows it to provide deferment of army service to its male students and award graduates official diplomas of the Russian Ministry of Higher Education as well as its own.
JUM is a non-sectarian school committed to the principles of cultural pluralism, academic freedom and responsibility to the community. Its student body comprises both Jewish and non-Jewish students, which reflects the dual mission of the school. On the one hand, it aims at creating a multiple field of modern Jewish studies and at training future academics, teachers and social workers. In this sense it acts as a midwife to the vast Jewish community in Russia not oriented toward emigration and increasingly keen on self-identification. On the other hand, JUM strives to respond to the growing interest in Jewish history and culture (the Bible, the role Jews have played in Russian and world science and arts, modern Israel, etc.) among the Russian intelligentsia, a group marked by a high percentage of Jews and people of mixed Russian-Jewish ethnic background.
JUM is a humanities and social sciences school that offers standard courses in philology, linguistics, history, cultural anthropology, archaeology, religion, philosophy, sociology, demography, psychology, education and so on. In addition to this basic curriculum, which all Russian state universities are required to provide, JUM offers an extensive Jewish studies program. It includes Biblical Studies; Rabbinic Literature; Jewish Religion and Thought; Medieval and Modern Jewish Literature and Art; Jewish History from the ancient times to the present day; Languages of the Jews in Diaspora; Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Cultures as a Jews' Milieu; and Jewish Cultural Anthropology, Demography and Sociology. In addition to the above, about 30 percent of study time is allocated to Hebrew and English classes.
JUM web site covers the following: