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Moscow winter school on Jewish Studies

"Permanent Revolution: Jews and Radical Changes in Society"

January 31st – February 5th, 2017

The school was organized by "Sefer" Center and International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supported by Genesis Foundation, Israel Cultulral Center in Moscow and other donors. 

2017 was the year of 100th anniversary of Russian October revolution - the event which strongly influenced the whole world until today. Today the concept of revolution is understood very widely: shifts in the mass consciousness, changes in social relations, political systems, science paradigms, technologies, art and cultre etc. Such changes are often connected to Jewish names - persons who were pioneers and symbols of innovations, revolutioners in politics, science and other spheres. At the same time Jewish society itself has underwent many radical shifts.

School program

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The main goal of this school was to analyze the complex relationships between Jews and revolution, to understand the dialectics of revolutionary changes inside the Jewish society and to describe the role of Jews in revolutionary events outside. 

100 people participated in the school, among them: 80 regular students (from Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Latvia, Belorussia), 6 temporary students and 14 lecturers (from Russia, Poland, Israel).

School's program included mini-courses (5 lectures each), plenary lectures, workshops, discussions, movie screenings. 

All courses were divided into 3 thematic groups:

1. Revolutions in the Jewish thought

  • "Revolutions in the Jewish Еhought of Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance" (Uri Gershovich with Grigory Zeltser)
  • "The Dialectics of Religious Coup: Revolutionary and Conservative Tendencies in the Hassidic Movement" (Ilya Lurye)
  • "God Has Nothing to Lose, Except for His Chains: from Isaac Luria to Wilhelm Reih" (Yoel Regev)
2. Revolutions in the Jewish history: 
  • "View on 1917 from 2017" (Boris Kolonitskiy, Oled Budnitskiy)
  • "Jews in the Revolutions of 1905 and 1917: Social Experience and Unfulfilled Dreams" (Artur Markowski)
  • "The Revolution of Modernity and Jews: Ideology and Politics" (Semyon Goldin)
3. "Jewish Revolution" in science and art:
  • "Jews in the Scientific and Technical Revolution" (Maxim Gammal)
  • "Russian Revolution and the Jews: Cultural Aspect" (Vladimir Khazan)
  • "Architecture and Revolutions" (Vadim Bass) 
More detailed information can be found on the Russian page.