The Fourth Session of the International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry, 6-9 July 2009, Budapest, Hungary

Central European University, BudapestThe Fourth Session of the International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry took place on 6-9 July 2009, in Budapest, Hungary.

This session was organized by the Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in cooperation with the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University, the International Center for Russian and East European Jewish Studies in Moscow and the Jewish Studies Program at Central European University (Budapest). The CEU hosted this session at its campus.



Senior scholars and staff representatives that participated in this session were:


Prof. Gabriella Safran (Stanford University)

Prof. Zvi Gitelman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Prof. Israel Bartal  (Hebrew University

Prof. David Engel (New York University)

Dr. Michael Miller (CEU)

Dr. Jonathan Dekel-Chen (HU)

Dr. Semion Goldin (HU, Nevzlin Center)


Sixteen participants from Israel, US, Germany, UK, Poland, Italy and Hungary took part in this session:



  1. Ben-Zion Klibansky (Tel-Aviv University): Lithuanian Yeshivot in Eastern Europe during the Interwar Period 
  2. Kata Bohus (Central European University): Relationships between Socialist States and their Jewish Citizens during the Post-Holocaust Era
  3. Ellie Schainker (University of Pennsylvania): Imperial Hybrids: Jewish Converts in Nineteenth-Century Imperial Russia
  4. Ilya Vovshin (University of Haifa): The Activity of Jewish Economic Elites in Tsarist Russia, 1861-1914
  5. Boris Tarnopolsky (University of Haifa): Jewish-Christian Relations in the Pale of Settlement in Late Imperial Russia: A Case Study of Homel
  6. Christhardt Henschel (Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture): From Collective Site of Memory into National Institution: Jews, Poles and the Polish Armed Forces, 1918-1939
  7. Jorg Schulte (University College London): Saul Tchernichowsky (1875-1943) and the Hebrew Renaissance
  8. Katalin Rac (University of  Florida): Four Generations of Hungarian Orientalists of Jewish Origin (1830s-1970s)
  9. Raz Segal (Clark University): Embittered Legacies: Genocide in Subcarpathian Rus’
  10. Karen Auerbach (Brandeis University): Integration of Jewish Families into Polish Society after the Holocaust and Obstacles to this Integration
  11. Anna Novikov (Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture): Between ‘Deutschland’ and ‘Polska’: The Clash of Identities in Interwar Eastern Upper Silesia
  12. Kamil Kijek (Historical Institute of the Polish Academy of Science): The Political Generation of the 1930s and Jewish Political Consciousness before the Shoah
  13. Lara Rabinovitch (New York University): Feeding Identity: Romanian Jewish Immigrants in New York City and Montreal, 1890-1939
  14. Nadja Berkovich (University of Illinois):  Comparison of Ethnographical Projects of  Russian and Jewish Ethnographers (Dostoevsky, An-sky and Shternberg) with the Idea of Using Ethnographic Material to Foster Russian and Jewish National Self-Awareness
  15. Anat Vaturi (Tel Aviv University): Jews and Protestants in Cracow-Kazimierz,  1520-1655
  16. Cifariello Alessandro ("Tor Vergata" University of Roma): Judeophobic Nucleus of Anti-Nihilistic Novels after the Russian-Turkish war (1877-1878)