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Irina Nevzlin Kogan
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Irina Nevzlin Kogan is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Beit Hatfutsot -- The Museum of the Jewish People. She was previously the President of the NADAV Foundation, is the Founding Chair of the Israeli Center for Better Childhood (ICBC), Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of Jewish Funders Network (JFN) and a member of the Israeli Prime Minister's Round Table, a forum dedicated to bringing together the private and the non-profit sector to generate positive change in Israeli social policy.

Guided by the ideal of Jewish Peoplehood, Ms. Nevzlin-Kogan has dedicated her life to fostering a substantive and pluralistic Jewish collective identity and forging abiding connections among Jews throughout the world.

Ms. Nevzlin Kogan received both her BA and MA in Economics from Moscow Lomonosov State University and completed a business program at Columbia University in Non-Profit Management. She began her career in strategic communications and lobbying, starting in a small office in Moscow, moving to a bigger office in London working for corporate clients and political parties, and then spending a year as a freelancer before making Aliyah to Israel.

Entries by Irina Nevzlin Kogan

The Jews of Early Modern Persia

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:50 PM

For nearly a millennium, waves of conquerors washed over, threatened to drown, the mother of empires. With each successive flooding, hosts of Persians -- typically those who'd mounted the fiercest resistance to the invaders and so had the most to fear from them in the aftermath of Persia's...

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The Jews of Medieval Persia

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 3:57 PM

In the greatest fullness of their splendor, the latter Sassanid emperors at long last realized resounding victories over Rome's Eastern remnants, at long last reached forth their bright-mailed hands to encompass virtually all of those nations that had once bowed before the Achaemenids.

Basest collapse...

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The Jews of Classical Persia

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 9:52 AM

"When Persian steeds once more quarter in Israel's stables, know ye that the Messiah's hour draws near."

A common refrain, almost-prayer, amongst our people, in the first centuries CE.

Deep, then, the friendship between Jews and Persians in classical antiquity.

Jerusalem, Babylon. By received wisdom,...

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Persian Jewry's Glories and Tribulations

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 8:49 AM

"My father" he cradles the ancient frame, gently. A young cavalry officer squaring up to the camera; exactly the rigor, discipline, daredevil glint you'd want in a leader of men.

"How could he possibly have found his way into Reza Shah's military?"

Eyes linger on the sepia portrait,...

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The Darker Lessons of Hanukkah

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 9:12 AM

Hanukkah! How glorious, our festival of lights!

Colorful candles blazed merrily in our golden menorot. Children crowed over Hanuka Gelt. We feasted, so lavishly, with our loved ones -- Ashkenazi's tables groaning under heaping platters of melt-in-your-mouth briskets, of latkes dripping with tart-sweet apple sauce, of decadent Berliner Sufganiyot; Sephardi's...

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Jewish Peoplehood in a Multicultural World

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 8:55 AM

Conservative and Reformed Jews regard each other warily. Both look sidelong askance at the Orthodox community -- which in turn all too frequently shivers apart across ideological lines, the followers of each rabbinical lineage sublimely convinced that they alone have plumbed Judaism's true depths. Israeli Jews who trace their lineage...

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