Jewish Theological Seminary of America
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America was founded in 1886 with ten students. Today the Seminary contains five schools of higher education, a high school and a summer school, five research institutions, and lay leadership and professional institutes. The Seminary educates and trains intellectual and spiritual leaders, rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, communal professionals and lay activists. The institution’s Jewish Archival Survey (JAS), led by Professor David E. Fishman, is a ground-breaking project aiming for the comprehensive exploration of Jewish and Jewish-related documents in the Former Soviet Union.
In the framework of JAS, the Seminary performs research for Yerusha in over 70 archives, libraries and museums in Ukraine and Russia resulting in an estimated 5000 collection descriptions. The project seeks to open up new vistas for the study of modern Jewish history by exploring and describing the archival heritage of the largest centre of Jewish life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, whose culture and communities were destroyed by the double blows of Communism and Nazism.
David E. Fishman, the leader of the project, is Professor of Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Director of the Jewish Archival Survey in Russia and Ukraine. His books include Russia’s First Modern Jews (1995), The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture (2005), and Yiddish Discourses by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (2009). His inaugural lecture of the Yerusha project was published as Securing Our Inheritance: The Fate and State of Jewish Documentary Heritage in Europe (2014).