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 third episode of the Let Objects Speak: Jewish Artifacts in Russian Museums series that focuses on the 1,500 year old Jewish tombstone from the Black Sea coast.
Script: Julia Idlis
English script: Matti Friedman
Director: Nina Guseva
Videographer: Maria Falieleeva
Producer: Daria Shtyrkova
Academic Consultants: Shimon Iakerson, Natalia Kashovskaya
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.