NEW “JEWISH MEMORY” IN CONTEMPORARY RUSSIA: IMAGINED REALITY?

E. E. Nosenko-Stein

Abstract


The author considers problems of transformation of Jewish identity in Russia including Soviet and post-Soviet periods. Basing on her field research, which she carried out in several Russian urban centers since 1999, E. Nosenko-Stein stresses out that there are several cultural self-identifications among people of Jewish origins in contemporary Russia. Some of them does not include Jewish symbols and values or include them partly. Profound deformation of Jewish identities in Russia in XXth c. result in multidimensional cultural memory. During last three decades the “new” Jewish self-identification and cultural memory is constructed in Russia; it draws on interest in Jewish traditions and culture as well in Judaism (different movements – Hassidism and Progressive Judaism as well as ‘civil Judaism’ and Do It Yourself Judaism). Different Jewish religious and secular organizations play the leading role in building these new Jewish self-identification and memory. They base on various symbols and values.


Keywords


Jews; Russia; ethnicity; cultural memory; identity; self-identification

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