Russian-Jewish Community in Israel & the Diaspora


In this online lecture Professor Khanin will examine the identity and politics of those Jewish communities that came from Russia.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, more than two million Jews left their home. They dispersed not only to the United States and Israel, but also to Central Europe, Canada, Australia and other places. However, about 900,000 Jews still live in post-Soviet countries. Together with the Jews who left, they form a new, transnational subethnic entity, mostly as a Russian-speaking Diaspora.

While successfully integrated in the non-Jewish surrounding (or in the Jewish State of Israel), many former Soviet Jews keep on customs, stances and networks of their own, create new cultural ideas and intervene in political and other public issues. The session will give a general overview of these trends, and try to answer the question whether this transnational entity will survive the current Russian-Ukrainian war.

Dr. Vladimir (Ze’ev) Khanin is an Israeli expert on Russian Jewish community in Israel and the Diaspora and the Israel-FSU relations and politics. He got his Ph.D. in Political Science/Contemporary History from Moscow Institute for African Studies, the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1989, and in 1991 completed post-Doctoral studies in the Institute for Russian and Soviet Studies at the University of Oxford. Since making Aliyah in 1992 and until 1999, he worked as a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History and the Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies, Tel-Aviv University

Prof Khanin is one of the leading Israeli experts on Israel-FSU relations and politics and the Russian-speaking Jewish community in Israel and the diaspora.

Thursday 8th June, 11am – £15