Jewish Moscow: A Guidebook

By Olga Gershenson

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2010

In 2009, Olga Gershenson spent six months in Moscow, collecting data for her new book Holocaust in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema. On the music front, Gershenson finds the Moscow-based Klezmasters, which are part of the local klezmer revival scene. The author also encounters the work of Dmitry Krymov, a prominent theatre director who directs Opus #7, an expression of the Soviet Jewish experience and the Holocaust. Synagogues in Moscow are lavish and tastefully decorated but Gershenson is unsure of who exactly attends their services since so many Jews in Moscow have seemingly converted to Christianity desite still identifying with the Jewish people and culture. Gershenson asserts in the end that Soviet Jewish culture is influenced by the Soviet era of separation of peoplehood from religion but there are now opportunities to be and feel Jewish.

Topic: Museums and Exhibitions, History, Peoplehood, Art, Soviet Jewry, Jewish Identification, Conversion, Music

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Bunzl, Matti , Havrelock, Rachel

Volume/Issue: Spring 2010

Page Number(s): 38-39

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Former Soviet Union (FSU) , Moscow, Russia

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Gershenson, Olga. Jewish Moscow: A Guidebook. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2010: 38-39.


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