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Studying Hebrew in St. Petersburg using JDC-distributed cards

Searle Brajtman (South African/ Israeli, b. 1960)1990/1995

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives

Katya V., a 12 year old girl from St. Petersburg, begins her study of Hebrew with the aid of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)-distributed alphabet cards. Exactly half a century after its exile, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) once again set foot on Soviet soil amid the prevailing atmosphere of glasnost. Though a devoted thread had risked everything to sustain a thread of Jewish life, the final collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 revealed a Jewish cultural wasteland imprinted by 70 years of repression. Alphabet cards such as these were used in education programs designed to help revitalize Jewish life and learning for a new generation.

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  • Title: Studying Hebrew in St. Petersburg using JDC-distributed cards
  • Creator: Searle Brajtman (South African/ Israeli, b. 1960)
  • Date Created: 1990/1995
  • Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Rights: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives
  • External Link: Link to JDC Archives Website
  • Medium: photograph

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