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.
Collaboration with the Million Lobby to establish a community of young Russian-speaking Israelis, to engage in Israeli-Russian identity and discourse
Working in collaboration with the Abeles Foundation, the Sapir Center has initiated the creation of an entrepreneurial incubator for young Russian-speaking and Russian-thinking Israelis. The incubator is run by ‘BINA’ and ‘Rashut HaRabim’.
A series of lectures in Russian on Israeli-Jewish culture. The project was initiated during the COVID crisis.
A conference addressing the various issues associated with Israeli-Jewish identity of Russian speakers in Israel.
The Sapir Center initiated a panel discussion at the Hakhel Festival held on Sukkot 2018 that addressed the possible connections between the field of Israeli Judaism and the Russian speaking population in Israel.
A collaboration between Israeli Judaism organizations and those of the Russian speaking community aimed at strengthening the connection/bond between the two groups.