At the end of the 1990s, a circle of researchers had formed in Belarus whose academic interests included Jewish studies—a multi-disciplinary field concerned with the study of the languages, history, and culture of the Jewish people. In order to bring these academicians together and foster their efforts, the European Humanities University (EHU) established its Center for the Study of the History and Culture of the Jews of Belarus (Jewish Studies Center) in May 2010.

The Center’s activities are focused on the following:

  • Organization of academic conferences, seminars, round tables, and lectures
  • Organizing, cataloging, and digitizing archival materials
  • Publication of archival sources
  • Research work
  • Publication of the Belarusian academic annual Tsaytshrift (צייַטשריפֿט), dedicated exclusively to Jewish studies

“The annual will address research questions specific to Belarusian and Eastern European Jewish studies while situating this scholarship within the broader context of emergent trends in the humanities at the turn of the 21st century,” says editor-in-chief and Director of EHU’s Jewish Studies Center Dzmitry Shavialiou.

Tsaytshrift is the only journal dedicated to Jewish studies in Belarus. The editorial board considers the annual a continuation of the tradition of Jewish studies established by its forerunner—the earlier Tsaytshrift that was published in Minsk from 1926 to 1931.

The editors hope that Tsaytshrift will inspire and promote Jewish studies in Belarus, as well as in other post-Soviet states and Eastern Europe. Contributors include Alexandra Polyan, a research assistant at Moscow State University’s Institute for Asian and African Studies; Velvl Chernin, a Yiddish poet and famous researcher of Yiddish literature who helped with the Yiddish section of the journal; Deborah Yalen, an assistant professor at Colorado State University specializing in Jewish-Russian history who edited the English articles; and Vilma Gradinskaitė, a researcher at the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum and lecturer at Vilnius University.

For more information about EHU’s Jewish Studies Center, contact Dzmitry Shavialiou at