Expanding the Discussion - Russian-Israeli Jewishness

The large influx of immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union has changed numerous aspects of Israeli society. More than 1 million immigrants have arrived in Israel in the last 3 decades, bringing with them unique Jewish culture, traditions, and a range of diverse identity-related issues.

An examination of this phenomenon reveals a need to develop unique work methods that will allow Russian speakers in Israel express their rich culture while maintaining a dialogue with Jewish-Israeli culture. . We seek to encourage the various Russian speaking communities in Israel to develop projects and programs tailored to their needs and characteristics.

The field aims to transform the Russian-speaking community in Israel from a “transparent” community into a significant and visible part of Israeli Judaism, and to accord them a fitting place within the State of Israel’s cultural-social fabric while adding its own flavors and traditions.