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    JEWISH  SCHOLARSHIP IN EASTERN EUROPE
    Vol. 3, No. 2, April - October 1999
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    CONTENTS
    
    
    - CALENDAR OF ACADEMIC EVENTS
    
        - International Academic Workshop on Yiddish Drama, 
          Theatre, and Performing Arts
        - The Mendel Friedman International Conference: Shtetl:
          Reality and Image
        - Conference on Judaica Archives in Europe:
          "Preserving Jewish Archives as Part of the European
          Cultural Heritage"
        - 10th Annual Summer Institute on Yiddish and Yiddishkeit
        - News Update from Moscow Center for University Teaching
          of Jewish Civilization "Sefer"
        - 3rd International Conference "Jewish in a Changing World: 
          Outstanding Jewish Personalities in the History of Latvia
          and Baltics"
        - International Conference "Polish Jewry 1918 - 1939:
          Life-Worlds and Political Action"
        - 7th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference on 
          Jewish Studies in Moscow
    
    - PUBLICATIONS
    
        - Yulian I. Rafes
          Doctor Tsemakh Shabad: A Great Citizen of the Jewish 
          Diaspora. Baltimore, 1999.
        - Avraham Greenbaum
          The Periodical Publications of the Jewish Labour and 
          Revolutionary Movements in Eastern and Southeastern 
          Europe, l877 - l9l6: An Annotated Bibliography. 
          Jerusalem, l998. 
        - Henry Abramson
          A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in 
          Revolutionary Times, 1917-1920. Cambridge, MA, 1999.
    
    - INTERNET RESOURCES
    
        - Selected Internet Resources on the Jews in the former 
          USSR
        - Mailing List for Eastern European Jewish History:
          Ashkenaz and Khazaria
    
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    CALENDAR OF ACADEMIC EVENTS
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    INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC WORKSHOP ON YIDDISH DRAMA, 
    THEATRE, AND PERFORMING ARTS
    Oxford, England, June 29 - July 2, 1999
    
    ORGANIZERS
    
     - Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
     - The European Science Foundation, Strasbourg
     - Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty, Oxford University
    
    PROGRAM
    
    - June 29
    
    HASKOLE
    Chair: JEROLD FRAKES
    
      JEREMY DAUBER (Magdalen College, Oxford)
      "Aaron Halle-Wolfssohn: Language, Audience, Drama" 
      JUTTA STRAUSS (University of Copenhagen)
      "Yiddish Roles in Haskalah & Enlightenment Drama" 
    
    TRANSLATION INTO YIDDISH
    Chair: YITSKHOK NIBORSKI
    
      DROR ABEND-DAVID (New York University)
      "Daytshmerish, German Elements, and Jewish Identity in 
      Three Yiddish Translations of The Merchant of Venice" 
      HELEN BEER (Worcester College, Oxford)
      "Itsik Manger and Woyzeck" 
    
    INAUGURAL EVENING 
    
      Greetings
      MARTIN GOODMAN, Acting President (Oxford Centre for Hebrew 
      and Jewish Studies)
    
      Introduction to the work of the European Science Foundation
      MARIANNE YAGOUBI (European Science Foundation, Strasbourg)
    
      Opening remarks
      DOV-BER KERLER and JOEL BERKOWITZ (Workshop Organisers)
    
      Keynote address
      NAHMA SANDROW (Bronx Community College, City University of 
      New York)
    
    - June 30
    
    CENTRAL EUROPE
    Chair: NINA WARNKE
    
      BRIGITTE DALINGER (University of Vienna)
      "Yiddish Theatre in Vienna from 1880 to 1938" 
      MOSHE YASSUR (Yiddish Actor, New York)
      "The Last Years of the Goldfaden Yiddish Theater at 'Pomul 
      Verde' in Iasi, Romania (an Eyewitness Account)" 
    
    PURIMSHPIL
    Chair: TED FRAM
    
      JEROLD FRAKES (University of California, Los Angeles)
      "Purimshpil as Political Action" 
      AHUVA BELKIN (Tel Aviv University)
      "The 'Law' Culture Aspects of the Purimshpil" 
      JEAN BAUMGARTEN (CNRS, Paris)
      "A Purimshpil in Kiryat Vizhnitz, Bnei Braq (March 1996)" 
    
    RUSSIAN AND SOVIET YIDDISH THEATRE
    Chair: JEFFREY VEIDLINGER
    
      JOHN KLIER (University College, London)
      "Exeunt, Pursued by a Bear: Russian Administrators and the 
      Ban on Yiddish Theatre, Drama, and Performance" 
      BARBARA HENRY (St Antony's College, Oxford)
      "Jewish Plays on the Russian Stage: Moscow and St Petersburg 
      (1905-1917)" 
      AVRAHAM GREENBAUM (Haifa University)
      "Repertory and Repertory Problems in the Belorussian Jewish 
      State Theatre in the Interwar Period" 
    
    YIDDISH PLAYWRIGHTS
    Chair: DOV-BER KERLER
    
      YITSKHOK NIBORSKI (INALCO, Paris)
      "The Theatre of Aaron Zeitlin" 
      VASSILI SCHEDRIN (Brandeis University)
      "'Eternal Wanderer': The Life of Osip Dymov" 
      LEONARD PRAGER (Haifa University)
      "The Censorship of Asch's Got fun nekome, London, 1946" 
    
    PERFORMANCE
    
      RAPHAEL GOLDWASSER (LUFTEATER, STRASBOURG)
      Classic Yiddish Monologues
      LEAH SHLANGER (TEL AVIV)
      Shir-haShirim - A Monodrama
    
    - July 1
    
    MUSIC AND RADIO
    Chair: ITSIK GOTTESMAN
    
      RON ROBBOY (The Thomashefsky Project, San Francisco)
      "A Crypto-Wagnerian Event in a Yiddish Musical Production: 
      Alexander Olshanetsky's Longing for a Forbidden Harmonic 
      Language" 
      HENRY SAPOZNIK (Living Traditions, New York)
      "On Stage and On the Air: Yiddish Drama on Radio" 
    
    AVROM GOLDFADEN
    Chair: JOEL BERKOWITZ 
    
      PAOLA BERTOLONE (Rome)
      "The Goldfaden Myth in Yiddish Culture" 
      MIROSLAWA BULAT (Jagiellonian University, Cracow)
      "From Goldfaden to Goldfaden in Cracow's Jewish Theatres" 
      ALYSSA QUINT (Harvard University)
      "Avrom Goldfaden's Bar Kokhba" 
      SETH WOLITZ (University of Texas, Austin)
      "The Role of Song in Goldfaden's Shulamis and Bar Kokhba" 
    
    DYBBUKS, GOLEMS, AND KINDRED SPIRITS
    Chair: SETH WOLITZ 
    
      LAURA MINCER (Independent Scholar, Rome)
      "Tradition Revisited in Moni Ovadia's Yiddish Theatre" 
      NINA HEIN (Columbia University)
      "Automatons and Marionettes in the Yiddish Theatre of the 
      1920s" 
    
    POLEMICS AND POLITICS 
    Chair: LEONARD PRAGER 
    
      NINA WARNKE (Indiana University)
      "The Child that Doesn't Grow Up: Yiddish Theatre and Its 
      Critics" 
      JOEL BERKOWITZ (St Cross College, Oxford)
      "Moyshele, Wipe Your Nose!, or, The Mendel Beilis Affair on 
      the Yiddish Stage" 
      EDNA NAHSHON (Jewish Theological Seminary, New York)
      "The Performance of Justice: Yiddish Mock Trials" 
    
    PERFORMANCE
    
      SHIFRA LERER (NEW YORK) AND BERNARD MENDELOVITCH (LONDON)
      The World of Yiddish Theatre
      piano: DAVID MAZOWER 
    
    - July 2
    
    AT THE MARGINS OF YIDDISH AND OF THEATRE
    Chair: EDNA NAHSHON 
    
      BEN FURNISH (BkMk Press, Kansas City)
      "Echoes of the Yiddish Stage in Contemporary Jewish-American 
      Drama" 
      ITSIK GOTTESMAN (University of Texas, Austin)
      "The Yiddish 'Folks-retsitator"' 
      DAVID MAZOWER (BBC, London)
      "Stories in Song: The Melodeklamatsies of Joseph Markovitch" 
    
    THE MOSCOW STATE YIDDISH THEATRE
    Chair: BARBARA HENRY 
    
      JEFFREY VEIDLINGER (Indiana University) 
      "Socialist Realism on the Soviet Yiddish Stage" 
      JOSEPH SCHEIN (Yiddish Author, Paris) 
      "Shloyme Mikhoels and GOSET: A Firsthand Account" 
    
    For more information contact:
    
    Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
    45 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LP United Kingdom
    E-mail: ochjs@sable.oxford.ac.uk
    Web site: http://associnst.ox.ac.uk/ochjs
    
    
    THE MENDEL FRIEDMAN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE:
    SHTETL: REALITY AND IMAGE
    Christ Church, University of Oxford, England
    July 6-8, 1999
    
    Participants and papers:
    
      Mordechai Altshuler, Hebrew University
      The Shtetl in the Soviet Union in the 1920s-1930s
    
      Marion Aptroot, Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf
      A Shtetl in the Old Amsterdam
    
      Israel Bartal, Hebrew University
      The Changing Map of the Shtetl: A Case of Ideological
      Geography
    
      Dafna Clifford, School of Oriental and African Studies
      Three Profiles of Kuzmir: from Sholem Asch to Leyb Rashkin
    
      Gennady Estraikh, Oxford Institute for Yiddish Studies
      Shtetl in Sovetish Heymland
    
      Samuel Kassow, Trinity College
      The Shtetl Reality in Yiddish Press and Yizkorbikher
    
      Hillel Kazovsky, Hebrew University
      The Shtetl in Jewish Art between Two World Wars
    
      John Klier, University College London
      What Exactly Was a Shtetl?
    
      Mikhail Krutikov, Oxford Institute for Yiddish Studies
      The Jewish Paris: Berdichev in Yiddish and Russian Fiction
    
      Dan Miron, Columbia & Hebrew University
      The Shtetl Idyll as an Emotional Laxative for Ex-shtetldik 
      readers: Zalmen Shneur's Shklover yidn
    
      Avraham Nowersztern, Hebrew University
      Between Day and Night: Yiddish Literature in Poland Before 
      World War Two
    
      David Roskies, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
      Teaching the Shtetl
    
    The proceedings of this conference will be published by Legenda, 
    University of Oxford, in early 2000.
    
    For more information contact:
    
    Marie Wright
    Oxford Institute for Yiddish Studies
    Golden Cross Court, 4 Cornmarket, Oxford, OX1 3EX UK
    Tel.: 44-1865-798989 
    Fax: 44-1865-798987
    E-mail: yiddishstudies@oxf-inst.demon.co.uk
    Web site: http://www.oxf-inst.demon.co.uk
    
    
    CONFERENCE ON JUDAICA ARCHIVES IN EUROPE:
    "PRESERVING JEWISH ARCHIVES AS PART OF THE EUROPEAN CULTURAL 
    HERITAGE"
    Potsdam, Germany, July 11-13, 1999
    
    The European Council of Jewish Communities (London) the 
    Alliance Israelite Universelle (Paris) and the Moses 
    Mendelssohn Zentrum for European Jewish Studies (Potsdam) 
    and Jewish Partnership for Europe (Brussels) held 
    a four day conference on the preservation of Jewish archives 
    all over Europe. The conference was supported by the European 
    Union in the framework of the RAPHAEL programme. The conference 
    was open to archivists and librarians and took place from 
    11th -13th July 1999 in Potsdam, Germany. In total, some 100 
    participants from all over Europe as well as the US and Israel
    attended the conference. 
    
    The conference focused on an assessment of the situation of 
    archives and libraries in the various countries, with a special 
    focus on the state of archives, and on some of the major issues 
    confronted by archives and libraries in Europe. It is a first 
    step leading to the creation of an active network, joint 
    projects and European wide continuing education programmes for 
    professionals with an opportunity for exchanges of experience 
    skills and pooling of resources.
    
    - Steering Committee 
    
      Charles Berlin (Harvard University, USA)
      Jean Claude Kuperminc (Alliance Israelite Universelle, France)
      Silke Muter (Jewish Partnership for Europe, Belgium)
      Joachim Schlor (Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European Jewish 
      Studies, Germany)
      Yale Reisner (The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, USA)
      Ruth Zilkha (European Council of Jewish Communities, France) 
    
    - Program
    
      July 11
      Opening Session at Potsdam University
    
      Keynote Lectures
    
        - Judaica Source Material and the Reconstruction of Jewish 
          Social and Cultural History
        - Judaica Libraries and Archives in the 21st Century
    
      Five Regional Panels
    
        - The State of Judaica Archives and Libraries in Europe: 
          Reports
    
      July 12
      Public Service Issues
    
      - Technical Service Issues
      - Workshops on Cataloging and Preservation
      - Regional workshops (parallel sessions)
      - Free Presentations
    
      July 13
      Workshops: Access - New Media
    
      - Networking and Cooperation
    
    For more information contact:
    
    Dr. Joachim Schlor or Thekla Bernecker
    Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European Jewish Studies
    Am Neuen Markt 8, Potsdam D-14467 Germany
    Tel.: 49-0-331-28094-13
    Fax: 49-0-331-28094-50
    E-mail: schloer@rz.uni-potsdam.de
    
    
    10TH ANNUAL SUMMER INSTITUTE ON YIDDISH AND YIDDISHKEIT
    Kiev, Ukraine, July 20 - August 12, 1999
    
    The World Coundil on Yiddish Culture held its tenth annual 
    summer Institute on Yiddish and Yiddishkeit a three week 
    program of intensified Jewish studies utilizing Yiddish
    as the medium of instruction and communication. 
    
    Faculty: 
    
    - from Israel
        Prof. Dov Noy
        Prof. Gershon Winer
        author Abraham Karpinovitz
        Dr. Naomi Fogelman
        Dr. Sarah Lapitzkia
        Dr. Mordechai Yushkovsky
    
    - from the US
        Rabbi Sidney Solomon
        Ms. Roth Kossover Solomon
        Dr. Sara Feinstein
    
    - from Eastern Europe
        Prof. Martin Feller
        Dr. M. Derbaremdiker
        musicologist Sergei Bengelsdorf
    
    Curriculum and Program: 
    
    - Yiddish language, Yiddish literature (including courses 
      on Soviet Yiddish authors and course on the Israel Theme 
      in Yiddish Literature)
    - Jewish tradition and folkways, selections from Bible, 
      Pirkei Avot, folklore
    - Yiddish folksongs and art songs
    - Drama studio
    - Field trips, Sabbath services and cultural events
                                  
    All courses conducted in Yiddish.
    
    Further information:
    
    Prof. Gershon Winer
    World Council for Yiddish Culture
    30 Dov Hoz Street, POB 11676, Tel Aviv 61116 Israel
    Fax: 972-3-523-0520 
    E-mail: winer@euronet.co.il
    
    
    NEWS UPDATE FROM MOSCOW CENTER FOR UNIVERSITY
    TEACHING OF JEWISH CIVILIZATION "SEFER"
    
    By:
      Jonathan Porath
      jporath@jdc.org.il
    
    1.
    Center "Sefer" will be holding its Seventh Annual Academic 
    Conference in Moscow, January 31 - February 2, 2000. See 
    announcement included in calendar section of this issue.
    
    2.
    At the upcoming AJC conference in Chicago there will be a 
    session on Academic Judaica in the Former Soviet Union: 
    An Update, sponsored by the JDC. Prof. Arkady Kovelman and 
    Rabbi Jonathan Porath will be making presentations. The 
    session will take place on Monday afternoon, December 20, 
    1999. All conference attendees are invited.
    
    3.
    A number of exciting events have taken place recently 
    for students of Academic Judiaca in the FSU: a student
    conference and Summer School (both in July, 1999), the 
    publication of a student academic annual "Tirosh", and 
    "Eshnav", a month long study program in Jerusalem for 
    advanced students in Judaica. The full report is 
    forthcoming.
    
    For information on the activities and publications of 
    the Association of Moscow Jewish Studies Students
    visit http://www.jewish-heritage.org/stcnfree.htm
    
    4.
    Most exciting is the publication of the 1999 edition of the 
    Academic Directory of Jewish Studies in the CIS and Baltic 
    States ("Sefer", Moscow), a 263 page compilation of 
    institutions of higher learning, research institutions, 
    over 850 individual names and addresses of scholars and
    teachers in the former USSR, plus indices by subject and 
    location. The Directory is available in either English or 
    Russian.
    
    Copies are available at no charge either from "Sefer" in 
    Moscow or from the JDC Russian Department in Jerusalem.  
    Copies will also be available at the previously mentioned 
    AJS conference in Chicago, at the Acadmeic Judaica session
    (December 20, 1999).
    
    For more information contact:
    
    Rabbi Jonathan Porath, JDC, Jerusalem
    E-mail: jporath@jdc.org.il
    
    Dr. Viktoria Mochalova, "Sefer", Moscow
    E-mail: sefer@fl08.tower.ras.ru
    
    
    3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
    "JEWS IN A CHANGING WORLD: OUTSTANDING JEWISH PERSONALITIES 
    IN THE HISTORY OF LATVIA AND BALTICS"
    University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia, October 26-27, 1999
    
    The Third International Conference "Jews in a Changing 
    World" was held in Riga, on October 26-27, 1999. In 
    honor of the 80th anniversary of the University of Latvia, 
    the papers were presented on outstanding Jewish 
    personalities in the history of Latvia and Baltics, 
    including thinkers and leaders in religion, science, 
    medicine, and the humanities. There was a special 
    extended session dedicated to the memory of Sir Isaiah 
    Berlin. His biographer, Michael Ignatieff, spoke about 
    Berlin's ties to his birthplace, Riga.
    
    - Sponsor
    
        The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York, USA
    
    - Organizers
    
        Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia 
        (Riga, Latvia)
        M.Dubin Foundation of the SHAMIR Association (Riga, 
        Latvia)
        Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (New York, USA)
        Israel Government and Hebrew University Center for
        Academic and Educational Relations with the CIS and
        Baltic States (Jerusalem, Israel)
        Hebrew University's Institute of Jewish Studies
        (Jerusalem, Israel)
        Hebrew University's International Center for University
        Teaching of Jewish Civilization (Jerusalem, Israel)
        Latvian Academy of Sciences (Riga, Latvia)
        Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beersheba, Israel)
    
    - Honorary President of the Conference
    
        N.Barkan, Chief Rabbi of Riga and Latvia
    
    - Organizing Committee
    
        Prof. H.Branover, Co-Chairman (Israel)
        Prof. R.Ferber, Co-Chairman (Latvia)
        G.Umanovska, Secretary (Latvia)
        A.Antane (Latvia)
        Rabbi A.Bekker (Latvia)
        Prof. L.Dribins (Latvia)
        Z.Elkin (Israel)
        A.Ferdman (Latvia)
        Dr. J.Hochbaum (USA)
        Z.Ioffe (Latvia)
        I.Kanepaja (Latvia)
        Prof. A.Kleckin (Latvia)
        Dr. G.Krupnikov (Latvia)
        Dr. N.Patlas (Israel)
        V.Reznik-Martov (Latvia)
        Dr. G.Smirin (Latvia)
        Prof. A.Stranga (Latvia)
        M.Versterman (Latvia).
    
    - International Advisory Committee
    
        Prof. Y.Assis (Israel)
        Prof. I.Bartal (Israel)
        Dr. M.Chernenko (Russia)
        V.Dubnova (Russia)
        A.Fridman (Latvia)
        Dr. M.Grubarg (Russia)
        P.Kalms (UK)
        Z.Katz (Latvia)
        M.Leinwand (Israel)
        Prof. S.Redlich (Israel)
        Prof. Stradinsh (Latvia)
        Prof. J.Veinberg (Israel)
        Dr. Z.Wagner (Israel)
        Prof. E.Zeiger (USA)
    
    For more infromation contact:
    
    Ruvin Ferber
    University of Latvia
    19 Rainis Blvd., Riga LV-1586 Latvia
    Tel.: 371-7-615703
    Fax: 371-7-820113
    E-mail: ferber@latnet.lv
    
    Gita Umanovska
    Center for Judaic Studies, University of Latvia
    19 Rainis Blvd., Riga LV-1586 Latvia
    Tel.: 371-7-325519
    
    Aina Antane
    Center for Judaic Studies, University of Latvia
    19 Rainis Blvd., Riga LV-1586 Latvia
    Tel.: 371-7-227301
    E-mail: jsc@latnet.lv
    
    Shulamith Friedman
    Solmecs Ltd.
    POB 3026, Omer 84965 Israel
    Tel.: 972-7-690-0950
    Fax: 972-7-690-0953
    E-mail: branover@solmecs.co.il
    
    
    INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
    "POLISH JEWRY 1918 - 1939: LIFE-WORLDS AND POLITICAL ACTION"
    Simon-Dubnow-Institut fuer juedische Geschichte und Kultur, 
    Leipzig, Germany, December 12-13, 1999
    
    "What is the role of Polish Jewry, what is their destiny? 
    Both quantitatively and qualitatively, their destiny, and 
    soon their vocation as well, will be to show the way for 
    Jewry throughout the world." 
    
    Ozjasz Thon, the leading representative of the moderate 
    Zionists, reached this conclusion in 1932. Viewed against 
    the background of the widespread fears of Polish Jews after 
    World War I that they would occupy a less favorable position 
    as an ethnic minority in the restored Polish nation-state 
    than they had under the multinational Russian empire, Thon's
    adage testifies to the change in outlook among the Jewish 
    population in response to a process of adaptation to the 
    new political reality that extended deep into everyday 
    life. Proceeding from the question of the role that 
    ethnicity played in the transition from the multiethnic 
    empires of the pre-war period to the new nation-states of 
    (Eastern) Central Europe, the conference will focus on the 
    changes in the life-worlds of Polish Jewry and their various 
    options for collective and individual action. With the 
    emergence of new nation-states after 1917/18, ethnic
    minorities found themselves confronted with wholly altered 
    life situations. In the Polish context, the battle over the 
    boundaries of the polity that accompanied the creation of 
    the new state had serious repercussions for the Jewish 
    population; at the Versailles peace negotiations, it was 
    only under international pressure that Poland could
    be moved to sign the agreements on the protection of 
    minorities that had been drawn up largely in response to 
    Jewish interventions. In the period that followed it became 
    clear that the hegemonic policies of the Polish power 
    elites were directed not only at compensation for the 
    injustices suffered under partition, but also at a revision 
    of the terms of Versailles, as is apparent in their treatment 
    of minorities. 
    
    Polish Jewry now had to live with the contradiction between 
    an initially (formally) democratic but minority-unfriendly 
    nation-state and cultural and political pluralism. An 
    understanding of Jewish life-worlds in the inter-war period 
    also presupposes an analysis of the social structure and
    social transformations after 1918. Likewise, we must pay 
    attention to the previously unheard-of opportunities for 
    political participation and cultural flowering that 
    characterized the life world of the Second Republic. 
    In everyday life, the relationships between the majority
    population and the Jewish minority were marked by a broad 
    range of cooperation, conflict and exclusion;  anti-Semitism 
    played a dominant role here, particularly in the 1930s.
    
    We also need to ask how the Jewish population reacted to their 
    changed circumstances after 1918, for example, what importance 
    did they accord to the alternative "do oder dort", to stay or 
    to go. This question, like issues of linguistic orientation 
    and social and political group memberships, determined the 
    political patterns of action that developed in the inter-war 
    period, which were characterized on the whole by extraordinary 
    diversity, documenting the highly developed political culture 
    of Polish Jewry. Individual examples will permit us to examine
    this in detail. The areas of youth and educational work were 
    of decisive importance for the reproduction of the various 
    versions of Jewish identity in Poland, not least in regard 
    to the different linguistic patterns. This complex of themes 
    will thus also be important at the conference. In addition, 
    a special section will be devoted to a comparative view of
    trends in the various regions of Central and Eastern Europe. 
    
    Papers can be presented in English or German. The should not 
    exceed 30 min.  Please send your proposition with a short 
    abstract not later than August 30, 1999, to: 
    
    Dr. G.Pickhan or Dr. F.Guesnet
    Simon-Dubnow-Institut fuer juedische Geschichte und Kultur
    Goldschmidtstrasse 28, Leipzig D-04105 Germany
    Tel.: 49-0-341-217-35-54
    Fax: 49-0-341-217-35-55
    E-mail: dubnow@rz.uni-leipzig.de
    
    
    SEVENTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY 
    CONFERENCE ON JEWISH STUDIES
    Center "Sefer", Moscow, Russia
    January 31 - February 2, 2000
    
    Center "Sefer" is pleased to invite you to participate 
    in the Seventh Annual International Interdisciplinary 
    conference on Jewish Studies to be held in Moscow, 
    from January 31 - February 2, 2000.
    
    Moscow Center "Sefer" is organizing the conference in 
    cooperation with the International Center for University 
    Teaching of Jewish Civilization (Hebrew University of 
    Jerusalem) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution 
    Committee.
    
    The conference will include a series of workshops on 
    various topics in academic Judaica: 
    
     - Bible and Semitology
     - Jewish Thought, 
     - Jewish History
     - Russian Jewish Studies
     - Israeli Studies, 
     - Literature and Languages
     - Jewish Identity, Demography and Sociology
    
    Papers on other topics will also be considered. Selected 
    papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
    
    Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. A letter of 
    intent and two-page abstract is requested by November 1, 
    1999 by e-mail or on diskette. 
    
    The organizers cover the travel and accomodation expences 
    of the participants from the CIS and Baltic countries.
    
    For more information contact:
    
    Dr. Viktoria Mochalova, Director, Center "Sefer"
    Leninsky prospekt, 32 A, bldg. B, room 808
    Moscow 117334 Russia
    Tel.: 7-095-938-57-16
    Fax: 7-095-938-00-70 
    E-mail: sefer@fl08.tower.ras.ru
    Web site: http://www.glasnet.ru/~sefer
    
    ____________________________________________________________
    
    PUBLICATIONS
    ____________________________________________________________
    
    
    Yulian I. Rafes. _Doctor Tsemakh Shabad:  A Great Citizen 
    of the Jewish Diaspora_. Edited by Lisa Epstein and Steven 
    Sedlis. Baltimore:  VIA Press, Vestnik Information Agency, 
    1999.  228 p., illus. ISBN 1-885563-17-5.
    
    By:
      Zachary Baker
      yivo1@metgate.metro.org
    
    Here is a bit of background on the book, in the words of Lisa 
    Epstein, Research Director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish 
    Research:
    
     "Dr. Rafes' book places Dr. Shabad's medical activities in 
     the context of medical science of the day.  With a wealth of 
     information hitherto unavailable in English, it provides a 
     detailed description of the scope of public health efforts 
     initiated or inspired by Dr. Shabad.
    
     This work is a glowing tribute to Dr. Shabad, who was so 
     greatly revered by the Jewish population of Eastern Europe 
     during his lifetime. Dr. Rafes has poured his own passion 
     for Jewish public health care, Jewish medical history, and 
     the memory of Dr. Shabad into this project.
    
     The name of Dr. Shabad has always been a highly revered 
     one at YIVO. Not only was he one of the founders of the 
     institution, but his daughter Regina married the brilliant 
     scholar Dr. Max Weinreich, who shaped YIVO's intellectual 
     direction for four decades, first in Vilna, then in New York.
     His elder son, Uriel, Dr. Shabad's grandson, was a brilliant 
     linguist, also bringing scholarly leadership to YIVO. The 
     history of the Shabad family and the YIVO Institute for 
     Jewish Research, then, are inseparably intertwined."
    
    Throughout his long and distinguished career as a medical 
    doctor and as a cultural and political figure, Dr. Shabad 
    personified the integrity and intellectual distinction of 
    his native city of Vilna, the fabled "Jerusalem of Lithuania."
    
    Dr. Yulian I. Rafes is the author two other recent books, 
    also published by VIA Press: _The Way We Were before Our 
    Destruction_ (memoir of and documents about the author's 
    gymnasium classmates in Vilna; in English) and _Paths of 
    My Destiny_ (memoir about Dr. Rafes' education and medical
    career in the former Soviet Union; in Russian).
    
    The book is available from the publisher, send orders and
    inquires to:
    
    6100 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215 USA
    Tel.: 1-410-358-0900
    
    
    Avraham Greenbaum. _The Periodical Publications of the Jewish 
    Labour and Revolutionary Movements in Eastern and Southeastern 
    Europe, l877 - l9l6: An Annotated Bibliography_. Jerusalem: 
    Dinur Institute of the Hebrew University, l998. 
    
    The publication includes 250 entries plus historical and 
    bibliographic introductions in English and Hebrew.
    
    For more information contact the author:
    
    Prof. Avraham Greenbaum
    E-mail: sh-agreb@actcom.co.il
    
    
    Henry Abramson. _A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and 
    Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917-1920_. Cambridge, MA: Harvard 
    University Press (Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies, Harvard 
    Judaic Texts and Studies), 1999. ISBN 0-916-458-88-1 (cloth), 
    0-916-458-87-3 (paper).
    
    For more information contact:
    
    Publications Office
    Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
    1583 Massachusetts Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
    Tel.: 1-617-495-3692
    Fax: 1-617-495-8097
    E-mail: huri@fas.harvard.edu
    
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    INTERNET RESOURCES
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    SELECTED INTERNET RESOURCES ON THE JEWS IN THE FORMER USSR
    
    Source: 
      Bulletin "The People of the Book in the World of Books"
      No. 20, 1999. Published by Jewish Association of 
      St. Petersburg, Russia.
      Tel. and fax: 7-812-314-51-17
      E-mail: frenk@lea.spb.su
    
    - Communal and cultural organizations
    
      Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg
      http://www.jew.spb.ru
    
      "Atikva" - Foundation for Support of Jewish Culture
      http://hatikva.rosweb.ru
    
      Jewish Revival in Central Russia
      http://www.uic.nnov.ru/judaica
    
      Jewish Life in Ural, Siberia and Russian Far East
      http://www.shalom.omsk.su
    
    - Religious organizations
    
      Moscow Choral Synagogue
      http://www.corbina.net/~synrus
    
      Federation of Jewish Communities in the CIS
      http://www.fjc.ru
    
      Jewish Community of St. Petersburg
      http://www.tora.convey.ru or www.jewish.spb.ru
    
    - Social organizations and funding agencies
    
      Russian Jewish Congress
      http://www.rjc.ru
    
      Jewish Agency in Russia
      http://www.jair.ru
    
      "Joint" - AJJDC in the former Soviet Union
      http://www.jdc.org.il/fsu/
    
    - Research and educational organizations
    
      "Sefer" - Moscow Center for University Teaching of 
      Jewish Civilization
      http://www.glasnet.ru/~sefer
    
      Jewish Heritage Society
      http://www.jewish-heritage.org
    
      "MIR" - Institute for Heritage of Russian Jewry
      http://granite.koan.com/~mir
    
      Center of Jewish Education in Ukraine
      http://www.cjeu.8m.com
    
    - Miscellaneous
    
      Directory to Jewish organizations in Russia
      http://www.jewish.da.ru
    
      "Keler Shtibl" - Yiddish literature and culture
      http://www.glasnet.ru/~anbredstein
    
      "Matzevot Page" - Tombstones on Jewish cemeteries in
      Eastern Europe
      http://www.coe.neu.edu/~mnosonov/maz
    
      Research Library and Archives of Jewish Theater
      http://members.tripod.com/~jtheater
    
    
    MAILING LIST FOR EASTERN EUROPEAN JEWISH HISTORY:
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    and culture (including language and folklore) in the lands 
    of Eastern Europe. Among the Jewish groups discussed are: 
    
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      Hungary, Romania, Latvia, Ukraine, etc.  
    
    - Subbotniki:
      A Russian sect which adopted elements of Judaism.
    
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    The list regularly features notices of upcoming conferences 
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