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Online Eshnav program creates opportunity for students and young scholars in Jewish Studies to take part in the research internship at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Program includes remote access to the library, online consulting by established scholars and experts in different areas of Jewish Studies, online lectures and virtual tour around the country's main historical sights.


Program is organised in partnership withInternational Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), with the financial support byGenesis Philanthropy Group andOnward Israel.

Program dates in 2021: September, 1st - October, 15th.

Online Eshnav participants in 2021


On August 30, 2020 the Eshnav 2020 program started its work in an unusual online format. Participants of the internship received online access to the library of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for 6 weeks of the program and individual tutor consultations to work on their own research projects. The internship program also includes online tours of Israel, online lectures and seminars.

The program is being held by Sefer Center in Cooperation with International center for University teaching of Jewish civilization (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and with the support of Genesis Philanthropy Group and Onward Israel.

2020 program participants

1. Marina Baranova, Saint Petersburg state University, Institute of philosophy, Department of Jewish culture, 3rd year bachelor student. The research on "Proselyte in Amorite literature: between Palestine and Babylonia". Tutor: Dr. Reuven Kiperwasser

2. Eugene Vlasov, Kostroma state University, 3rd year student, History Department. Research on "Spiritual protest of Jews in the years of the Holocaust. Music as a means of spiritual protest." Tutor: Dr. Mikhail Lukin

3. Gogonina Alina, Lomonosov Moscow state University, Department of Jewish Studies MSU. Research on "Israel in the international market of medical biotechnologies" Tutor: Dr. Nadia Lisander

4. Maria Gulakova, Senior lecturer and 3rd year post-graduate student of the history Department of the higher school of Economics, Saint Petersburg. The research is on " Memory of violence as a factor in the formation of Jewish identities in the Russian Empire (1903-1917)". Tutor: Dr. Alex Waldman

5. Ekaterina Kramarenko, Kosygin Russian state University (Moscow) 1st year master's student, department of Foreign Philology. The topic of the research is "Teaching creativity of A. B. Yehoshua in the context of a course on modern literature in Israel". Tutor: Dr. Zoe Kopelman

6. Anna luppova, HSE, ancient and Eastern archaeology, 1st year master's student. The research topic is "the History of the formation of biblical monotheism: synthesis of philological, historical and archaeological data". Tutor: Dr. Michael Tuval

7. Lilia Mantsevich, second-year post-Graduate student of the faculty of international relations of the Belarusian state University, Minsk. Topic of the research paper "the Palestinian question in French foreign policy in 1988-2018" Tutor: Dr. Dina Lisnianski

8. Konstantin Mogarychev, post-Graduate student Crimean Federal University Simferopol, faculty of history, Department of Modern and contemporary history. The research topic is " Unrealized projects of creating a Jewish Soviet national-territorial autonomy on the territory of the Northern black sea region (Crimea, southern Ukraine, Kuban) in 20-30 years. XX century. " Tutor: Dr. Arkady Seltzer

9. Angelina Sudeikina, Saratov national research State University named after N. G. Chernyshevsky. The research topic is "anti-Semitism in the North Caucasus". Tutor: Dr. Cyril Feferman

10. Maria Tarasenko, 2nd year undergraduate at the HSE faculty of World Economy and world Politics (Moscow). The research topic is "Cooperation between Israel and China in the field of environmental protection". Tutor: Dr. Richard Hardiman

The Eshnav program provides an opportunity for students who are involved in Jewish Studies in the CIS and Baltic countries and have passed a competitive selection, a scientific internship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The program includes study in Israeli libraries on their own research projects, individual consultations with leading Israeli experts in various fields of Jewish Studies, lectures, methodological seminars, and acquaintance with the country.

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The internship is designed for young researchers working on their bachelor's, master's and PhD theses in Jewish Studies, who need access to foreign historiography and consultation with well-known Israeli experts on the topic of their research.

The program is implemented in partnership by Sefer Center andInternational Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)with support ofGenesis Philanthropy GroupOnward Israel.

Place of internship: Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Form of internship: individual classes with tutors and mentors, studies in libraries and archives, several planned methodological lectures, introductory instruction on libraries

Internship dates: July 19 - August 16, 2020

Applications are accepted until March 1, 2020

Terms of participation: the organizers provide participants with accommodation (in a University dormitory) and a small scholarship; free access to the University libraries on the campuses in Scopus and Givat Ram, archives, research centers; lecture and cultural program; provide a tutor and mentor from among the leading Israeli experts on the topic of research for consultations.

Important information: All participants of the program independently purchase and pay for air tickets to Israel, and must have with them at least $350 for personal needs.

Requirements for participants: Students and young scientists up to 35 years old who speak English and / or Hebrew at the level required to work in Israeli libraries. The application must contain a topic and description of research related to Jewish Studies, as well as a justification for the need to work in Israeli archives and libraries.

Candidates of 19-27 years old who have never participated in a long-term (more than 3 months) educational program in Israel can count on additional internship conditions from Onward Israel. Preference will be given to those who have already participated in a Birthright program (for example, Taglit). Those who wish to learn more about additional conditions must indicate this in the application.

We are waiting for your applications atstudents@sefer.rudon't forget to specify "Eshnav 2020" in the subject line»

Application form

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In 2017 Eshnav program underwent changes: now it exists in the frames of the Grants for the research projects in Jewish studies. Young researchers and Jewish studies teachers who need to study foreign historiography for their topics in the libraries and archives of Israel and to consult with prominent Israel specialists, can apply for this grant.

Eshnav is the one-month annual academic training program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for select students (including academically excellent undergraduates, post-graduates and young academics already teaching in the field). The program includes work research in Israeli archives and libraries, offering individual mentoring and tutorials by leading Israeli academics, as well as Ulpan course and tours across the country.

The first Eshnav Summer University program in Israel took place on July 18 - August 7, 1997, and was organized by AYJS and Sefer Center in cooperation with the International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization and the Melton Center of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Joint Authority for Jewish and Zionist education of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

It was the unprecedented initiative to gather the best FSU students of the academic Jewish studies programs in Jerusalem for 3 weeks of unique educational, mentoring, research and social experience (academic chair - Prof.Shaul Stampfer).

The goal of the “Eshnav” project was to introduce Israel - the world center of the Academic Jewish studies for the Jewish studies students from all over FSU. The selection to the project was competitive.

Eshnav participants project are granted a chance to conduct their own researches and projects by taking advantage of the rich educational resources located in universities. The participants also had an opportunity to attend the World Congress of Jewish studies and some other conferences, they learned about the Jewish studies programmes for graduate and post-graduate students in the Universities of Israel and experienced the Land and People of Israel.

For today almost 300 students, post-graduates and young researchers have joined the project "Eshnav" (some of them participated twice or more).