Project Kesher seeks to uncover, chronicle, and transmit ─

to a broad public the rich history of Jewish women in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

project Kesher archives

Project Kesher, inspired by the Jewish Women’s Archive in the United States, seeks to “uncover, chronicle, and transmit to a broad public the rich history” of Jewish women in the countries of the former Soviet Union.  With seed funding from an anonymous donor, the Project Kesher Archives is getting underway. Project Kesher will document the stories of domestic Judaism that helped women surreptitiously sustain Jewish life during the Communist Era through their stories, family traditions, culture and social activism.

In addition, Project Kesher will film women cooking traditional Jewish recipes and transform these videos into an on-line Jewish continuity program that will perpetuate Jewish traditions, introduce younger people to older Jews in their region and demonstrate that Jews have a wide range of authentic Jewish observance. Finally, Project Kesher will document the stories of women who, once Judaism could be practiced freely, were instrumental in the rebirth of Jewish life in their region.