The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg has one of the world’s greatest collections of art, with more than 3 million artifacts – yet the Jewish treasures of the museum have never been widely known.
Join award-winning author Matti Friedman as he takes us on a rare tour and a glimpse of Jewish history and culture as they appear in the treasures of the Hermitage.
Beit Avi Chai’s Ideas Without Borders presents the second episode of the Let Objects Speak: Jewish Artifacts in Russian Museums series that focuses on Aramaic magical bowls at The Hermitage, which reveal rather unorthodox Jewish folk practices at the time of the Babylonian Talmud.
Script: Julia Idlis
English script: Matti Friedman
Director: Nina Guseva
Videographer: Maria Falieleeva
Producer: Daria Shtyrkova
Academic Consultant: Shimon Iakerson, Alexey Lyavdansky, Maria Kaspina
Voice-over: Matti Friedman
Music: Masha Logofet
Sound Mix: Alex Nadzharov
Animation: Vadim Tugeev, Galina Palchik
Edit: Evgeniy Todich
Beit Avi Chai is grateful to The State Hermitage Museum for permission to film the artifacts; and for the kind assistance of The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center of Moscow, Alexandra Kiseleva, Collection Supervisor and Elizaveta Zubyuk, Librarian.
Beit Avi Chai: Dr. David Rozenson, CEO; Simon Parizhsky, educational director of the Ideas Without Borders project; Svetlana Busygina, administrative director IWB.