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Renewal : reconnecting Soviet Jewry to the Jewish people : a decade of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC) activities in the former Soviet Union, 1988-1998

Author: Anita Weiner
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©2003.
Series: Studies in Judaism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the dramatic story of how the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a voluntary, humanitarian organization supported by American Jewry, made its entry into the isolated,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anita Weiner
ISBN: 0761824766 9780761824763
OCLC Number: 51266383
Description: xv, 465 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Reconnection to Jewish Culture and Learning --
Introduction --
The JDC Jewish Library Project --
Background: Jewish Education and Culture during the Soviet Era --
The Pale of Settlement --
Jewish religious, cultural and educational suppression following the Bolshevik Revolution --
The Second World War and its aftermath --
Glasnost and Perestroika --
The reawakening of Jewish cultural associations, Jewish cultural events and the establishment of the Va'ad --
JDC's Official Re-entry and the Formulation of JDC Strategy in Education and Culture in the Soviet Union --
Former JDC activities in the Soviet Union --
Initial JDC policy formulation --
Formation of the Soviet Union Team (SUT) --
The Jewish Library Project --
The official agenda and its byproducts --
Criteria and budget for library distribution --
Assessment and selection of available books --
Library logistics, distribution and administration --
Early community response to the JDC libraries --
1990 interim JDC library project evaluation --
Ongoing JDC library activities --
Expansion and routinization --
Libraries as community centers --
Administrative cutbacks during expansion --
Program expansion, development and maturation --
JDC library project activities: Interim summary --
Special library collections --
Ongoing library activities after project discontinuation --
Culture and Cultural Associations --
The Jewish Cultural Associations: JDC's Early Contacts --
JDC's initial challenges and strategy with the local Cultural Associations.
Series Title: Studies in Judaism.
Responsibility: Anita Weiner.

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?Weiner has written a thorough study that will enrich anyone interested in Jewish community development and life in the former Soviet Union. -- Andrew Harrison, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Read more...

 
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