Scholars Gather at Tulane to Discuss  Russian Influence in Israel

January 14, 2009

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210

Scholars from around the world, including Vladimir Levin of Ben Gurion University, Rafi Tsirkin-Sadan of Hebrew University, Gur Alroey of the University of Haifa and Frank Grüner of Heidelberg University, will join colleagues from Tulane, Duke, Rutgers, Stanford, the University of Michigan and the University of Massachusetts to discuss the influence of secular Russian culture on the founding of Israel and current Israeli life in "The Expanse of Russia in Israel," an international conference at Tulane University, Feb. 15-16. 

"This conference represents a long-awaited investigation of Zionism in Russia,” said Brian Horowitz, associate professor of Russian and chair of Jewish Studies at Tulane who is organizing the event. “Our goal is both historical and sociological, that is, to understand the specifically Russian context of the intellectual origins of the Zionist ideology and to gauge the influence of Russian culture on Israeli political, social, artistic and secular life up to the present."

Zionism is a political movement, ideology and social organization that supported the re-establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine. 

The full schedule for the conference, which is free and open to the public, can be found at

The conference is sponsored by Tulane University's Jewish Studies Program, the Center for Cultural Judaism; the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise; the Dean's Office of the School of Liberal Arts, the Deep South Regional Humanities Center at Tulane University; The Levin/Rosenstein Lecture Series in Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. Levin, Dr. Jacob L. Levin, and Larry and Judy (Levin) Rosenstein; The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana and the Israeli Consulate in Houston.

The conference is dedicated to the memory of the renowned historian Jonathan Frankel, professor of Russian and Jewish History at the Hebrew University, who died last year.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000