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Sunday, February 17 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Stalin’s Forgotten Zion: Experiments with Yiddish Culture in Birobidzhan

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Created as an agricultural settlement in far east Russia in 1928, Birobidzhan, the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region, was intended as a viable Soviet Jewish homeland. Jews the world over supported this project. Yiddish (with Russian) was designated the official language. But Jewish religious observance was discouraged; Jewish identity radically diminished. Born and raised there, Nikolai Borodulin brings the story of Birobidzhan to life with memories, rare video footage, and photographs.

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Nikolai “Kolya” Borodulin

Nikolai Borodulin is the Coordinator of Yiddish Learning and a Master Teacher at the Workmen’s Circle, where he directs intergenerational Yiddish education. A recognized scholar and published author in several Slavic, Germanic, and Jewish languages, he is launching the first extensive national and international online program for Yiddish learning in real-time. Credited with giving hundreds of Yiddishists their foundation in the language, he... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Cooper 15th floor conference center