Programme of the 4th International Conference "Jews in a Changing World", Riga, Latvia, 20-22 November 2001

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Fourth International Conference JEWS IN A CHANGING WORLD

History and Culture of Jews in Latvia and Baltic Region

Riga, Latvia, 20-22 November 2001

University of Latvia Main Building, 19 Rainis Boulevard

In Honor of the 800th Anniversary of Riga  


The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York

University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Honorary President of the Conference:

N. Barkan, Chief Rabbi of Riga and Latvia

Co-Chairmen of the Organizing Committee:

Prof. H. Branover (Israel), Prof. R. Ferber (Latvia)


Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia (Riga, Latvia)

Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (New York, USA)

M. Dubin Foundation of the SHAMIR Association (Riga, Latvia)

Riga Religious Jewish Community (Riga, Latvia)

Riga Jewish Community Center "Alef" (Riga, Latvia)

The Chais Center for Jewish Studies in Russian, The International Center for University

Teaching of Jewish Civilization, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel)

Latvian Council of Christians and Jews (Riga, Latvia)

Latvian Academy of Sciences (Riga, Latvia)

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beer-Sheva, Israel) 

The length of all presentations at all sessions (except the plenary) is 20 minutes.

It is recommended to allocate 15 minutes for the lecture and 5 minutes for questions and comments.

Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Session I. Jews in the Baltic States before 1918
9:00 - 10:40
  1. Batia Valdman (Beer-Sheva, Israel) From the History of the Russian-Jewish Periodical: A.-E. Pumpjanskii - the publisher of the Jevreiskie Zapiski in Riga.
  2. Dr. Alexander Kulik (Jerusalem, Israel) The Pre-Ashkenazic Communities in Eastern Europe: Myth or Reality?
  3. Arthur Klempert (Moscow, Russia) Jews of Moscow and the Baltic Region: Historical Connections and Parallels
  4. Julia Grigoryeva (Moscow, Russia) The Policy of the Russian Governement towards Jews in the Baltic Region during World War I
  5. Dr. Michael Zak (Vilnius, Lithuania) Outstanding Jewish Medical Doctors in Lithuania in the 19th - 20th Centuries
10:40 - 10:55 Coffee break
Session II. Jews in the Baltic States between the Wars (1918-1940): Education and Culture
  1. Dr. Tatiana Shor (Tartu, Estonia) The young Jewish thought - the First Jewish Social and Political Magazine in the Estonian Republic
  2. Dr. Israelis Lempertas (Vilnius, Lithuania) The Cultural and National Autonomy of Jews in Lithuania between the Wars
  3. Prof. A.Kopelovich, Prof.L.Zhukovs (Riga, Latvia) Jewish Education in Latvia in the Period of the Parliamentary Republic
  4. Dr. Boris Volkovich (Daugavpils, Latvia) The Jewish School Problem in the Republic of Latvia (1918 - 1940)
  5. Oleg Pukhlyak (Riga, Latvia) M. Ganfman - Editor of the Segodnya Newspaper in Riga 6. Dr. Inna Gerasimova (Minsk, Belarus) Activities of Dr. Isaak Lurje - Chief of the Press Bureau of Byelorussian People's Republic (1920 - 1923)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
Session III. Jews in the Baltic States between the Wars (1918-1940): History and Politics
14:00 - 16:20
  1. Dr. Leonid Praisman (Jerusalem, Israel) Jewish Participation in the Armed Struggle against the Soviet Rule in the Baltic States (1918-1920)
  2. Prof. Aivars Stranga (Riga, Latvia) Anti-Semitism in the 20th Century Latvia: the Beginning of the 1920's
  3. Prof. Leo Dribins (Riga, Latvia) The Problem of Anti-Semitism in Latvia during the Parliamentary Period (1920 - 1934)
  4. Arturs Zhvinklis (Riga, Latvia) M. Nurok: Member of Parliament in Pre-War Latvia
  5. Valentine Utgof (Pruzhany, Belarus) The Byelorussian People's Republic and the "Jewish Question" in 1918 - 1923
  6. Yurii Snopov (Moscow, Russia) The Refugees from Northwest Russia (now the Baltic states) and Moscow Religious Life (1920 - 1930)
  7. Andrei Zamoiskii (Minsk, Belarus) The Transformation of the Jewish Shtetl under the Soviet Regime in 1920 - 1930: The Example of Eastern (Soviet) Belarus
17:30 - 20:00

Plenary lecture: Prof. Menachem Ben Sasson (Jerusalem, Israel)
The Case of Muslim Jewry (8th - 14th Centuries)


Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Session IV. Secular and Religious Jewish Thought
9:00 - 10:40
  1. Prof. Igor Doukhan (Minsk, Belarus) Time and the Oevre: notes on Emmanuel Levinas Understanding of Artistic Representation
  2. Dr. Victor Malahov (Kiev, Ukraine) Dialogic Paradigm in Jewish and East Christian Post-Secular Philosophy (E. Levinas and G. Batishchev)
  3. Prof. Leonid Stolovich (Tartu, Estonia) Philosophy of Aharon Shternberg
  4. Dr. Mark Grubarg (St.Petersburg, Russia) The Principles of State Organization according to Jewish Tradition
  5. Dr. Tobii Gurvich (Riga, Latvia) Judaism, Modern Medicine and Medical Suicide - Theological, Historic and Literary Aspects
10:40 - 10:55 Coffee break
Session V. Secular and Religious Jewish Thought and Jewish Mysticism
10:55 - 13:40
  1. Prof. Eugene Rashkovsky (Moscow, Russia) The Discourse of a Perplexed Horse, or the Jewish Shtetl in Central and Eastern Europe as a Worldwide Historical Phenomenon
  2. Rostislav Dymerets (Kiev, Ukraine) The Concept of Confession of Rav Kook and its Role in the Philosophy of Judaism
  3. Prof. Ruvin Ferber (Riga, Latvia) On the Symmetry of Jewish Tradition: The Religious and Ethical Structure of Martin Buber
  4. Prof. Yosef Salmon (Beer-Sheva, Israel) Rabbai Alexander Moseh Lapidot of Rassein
  5. Prof. Eliezer Don-Yehiya (Bar Ilan, Israel) A Sephardi Rabbinic Dinasty in Latvia and Lithuania: The Rabbanim of the Don-Yehiya Family
  6. Dagmara Beitnere (Riga, Latvia) Mystical Organism in the Jewish Mystic Tradition, or the "Lost" Feminine Aspect in the Interpretation of Gershom Sholem
  7. Dr. Gintautas Mazeikis (Siaulai, Lithuania) The Relationship between Christian and Hermetic Kabbalistic Concepts in the Development of the Western Version of Kabbalah
  8. Prof. Hamutal Bar-Yosef (Beer-Sheva, Israel) The Hebrew Poet Leah Goldberg (Kovno 1911 - Jerusalem 1970) and the Latvian Folk Song
13:40 - 14:40 Lunch
Session VI. The Holocaust
14:40 - 16:00
  1. Dr. Aron Shneer (Jerusalem, Israel) The Holocaust in Latvia: Materials of the Hall of Names in Yad Vashem
  2. Dr. Alexander Dusman (Kohtla-Yaerve, Estonia), Tsilya Laud (Tallinn, Estonia) The Holocaust in Estonia
  3. Alexander Kruglov (Kharkov, Ukraine) Massacre of Jews from Germany, Austria and Czech Lands near Riga in 1941-1944
  4. Dzintars Erglis (Riga, Latvia) The Massacre of Jews in the Provincial Towns of Latvia: The Krustpils Case
16:00 - 16:15 Coffee break
Session VII. The Holocaust (Educational Aspect)
16:15 - 18:15
  1. Dr. Tatiana Chaika (Kiev, Ukraine) The Holocaust in the Ukraine: Scientific Approach and Educational Course
  2. Ieva Gundare (Riga, Latvia) A Complete Set of Holocaust Teaching Materials for Latvia: Development and Implementation
  3. Hannah Brodsky-Pevzner (Aukland, New Zeeland) Writing Children and the Holocaust in Latvia and the Baltic Region
  4. Michael Leinwand (Ashkelon, Israel) Some Peculiarities in the Music and Poetry of the Ghetto and Concentration Camps: The Example of Latvia and Lithuania
  5. Vlad Shulman (Riga, Latvia) Songs of the Ghetto and Concentration Camps of Latvia as Artistic Phenomenon
  6. Dmitrii Olehnovich (Daugavpils, Latvia) Stalin as a Jew: Cartoons in the Dvinskii Vestnik Newspaper (1942-1944)

Thursday, Nov 22, 2001

Session VIII. Jewish History and Culture in the Baltic Region
9:00 - 10:40
  1. Iosif Rochko (Daugavpils, Latvia) I. Erenburg in Daugavpils
  2. Galina Baranova, Roza Belauskene (Vilnius, Lithuania) Leon and Osip from the Mandelstam dynasty
  3. Anatolii Vorobyov (Moscow, Russia) Hassidic Dynasties of Lithuania
  4. Dr. Peter C. Clemens (-Hinrichsen) (Schwerin, Germany) The Roots of Hinrichsen Family of Latvia: the World Family Tree Project of the Sephardic Jewish Danish-German Henriques / Hinrichsen Family, starting 1580.
  5. Gita Umanovska (Riga, Latvia), Dr. Zeev Vagner (Jerusalem, Israel) The Lubavicher Rebbe Yosif Yitshak Shneerson and Latvia
10:40 - 10:55 Coffee break
Session IX. Baltic Jewry after 1945
10:55 - 13:15
  1. Dr. Irene Shneidere (Riga, Latvia) The Persecution of Latvian Jews - Holocaust Survivors after World War II.
  2. Prof. Mikhail Chlenov (Moscow, Russia) The Dejudification Processes in the former USSR: Example of Non-Ashkenazi Communities
  3. Gesya Kamaisky (Jerusalem, Israel) The Awakening of Jewish National Self-Consciousness in the USSR: a Sparkle from Riga
  4. Josef Zissels (Kiev, Ukraine) Jewish Emigration from the Baltic States and Byelorussia
  5. Prof. Edgart Altshuller (Jerusalem, Israel) On the Establishment of the World Association of Jewish Scientists
  6. Galina Liouban (New York, USA) Contemporary Academic Judaic Studies as a New Development in the Post-Soviet Area
  7. Prof. Abram Kletskin (Riga, Latvia) Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas and the 11 September
13:55 Closing of Conference