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Leningrad refuseniks' community in the 1980s with Michael Beizer
Michael Beizer, a former computer programmer, had been active in the Jewish emigration and culture movement in Leningrad, in 1979-87. He led an unofficial home seminar on Jewish studies, edited Samizdat Leningradskii evreiskii almanac, and guided Jewish historical tours in Leningrad. After emigrating to Israel, he earned a Ph.D. in Jewish history at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
At present Dr. Beizer is a Research Fellow at the Department of Jewish History, Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies of the Hebrew University. He is the author and editor of 13 books, among them: The Jews of St. Petersburg: Excursions through a Noble Past (Philadelphia: JPS, 1989, and in Russian: Aliyah Library, Jerusalem, 1989), The Jews of Leningrad, 1917-1939: National Life and Sovietization (in Russian: Moscow-Jerusalem, 1999 and in Hebrew: Zalman Shazar Center, Jerusalem, 2005), Our Legacy: The CIS Synagogues, Past and Present (in English and Russian: Moscow-Jerusalem, 2002), and The American Brother: The 'Joint' in Russia, in the USSR and the CIS (in English and Russian: Jerusalem-Moscow, 2004), Relief in Time of Need: Russian Jewry and the 'Joint' 1914-1924 (Slavica, Bloomington, Indiana, 2015), History of the Jews in Russia. Vol. 3. From the Revolutions of 1917 to the Fall of the Soviet Union, edited by M.Beizer, (in Hebrew: Zalman Shazar Center, Jerusalem, 2015, and in Russian: Jerusalem-Moscow, 2017).
Michael Beizer's lecture on the Leningrad Jewish community in the 1980s will involve both results of his current research, and a personal experience.