Former Soviet Union: Jewish Education

  • Olga Markus
  • Michael Farbman
Part of the International Handbooks of Religion and Education book series (IHRE, volume 5)


This chapter explores the state of Jewish education in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) in the larger context of social, political, historical, cultural, and economic conditions in which Jews find themselves in the countries of the FSU. The historical overview helps illuminate some of the factors that shaped the development of Jewish educational system in the FSU in the last two decades. The study reviews the current educational structures, in terms of both major organizations providing educational services nationwide and individual local organizations that offer a distinct flavor. The authors address the challenges faced by Jewish educators in the FSU today, giving the glimpse of potential pitfalls as well as agenda for future research. A detailed case study of the educational programs of the Reform Movement provides a more in-depth opportunity to see the realities, challenges, successes, and limitations.


Jewish Community Jewish Identity Former Soviet Union Reform Movement Jewish Education 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Freelance educatorOrangeUSA
  2. 2.Temple EmanuelOrangeUSA

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