Jewish Heritage Society


Novocheremushkinskaya Ulitsa, 1/14-3-12
Moscow 117449 Russia
Tel: (7-095) 503-78-45, 316-99-30
Web site:

The Jewish Heritage Society opened in Moscow in 1989 to pursue the work that had been defined by the Russian-Jewish historians of the turn of the century. The Jewish Historical and Ethnographic Commission, established in St. Petersburg in 1908, launched a variety of projects aimed at gathering and publishing sources of Jewish history. Continued after 1917 for approximately twenty years, those projects brought important results which facilitated research of documentary materials by Western scholars throughout the 20th century. However, since the Chair of Jewish Culture of the Academy of Sciences in Kiev - the last Jewish scholarly institution in the Soviet Union - was closed by the authorities in 1948, there was no systematic research on Jewish history in Russia for some forty years. Nowadays a new generation of Russian scholars is once again developing an interest in Judaic studies, and starting from scratch. The main goal of the Society is to collect, preserve and share among scholars the "remnants of the remnants" - the documentary heritage of the Jewish past in the CIS and the Baltic states.

On-going projects and publications include:

All JHS services and publications are free of charge.

Last updated:    July 1997

A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).

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