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Curriculum Vitae

Wolf Moskovich

Department of Russian and Slavic Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel
Phone/Fax: 00972-2-5634073
Email: wmoskovich@yahoo.com

Fields of Interest

General and Slavic Linguistics,Modern Russian Political Language,The Language of the Russian Youth,Ukrainian Language and Literature,Polish Language and Literature, Languages of Jews in the Diaspora, Yiddish Language and Culture, History of Jews in Eastern Europe, Jewish-Slavic Relations, Emigration, Assimilation and Acculturation.


1971 - Doctor of Philological Sciences, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Leningrad, USSR

1965 - Candidate of Philological Sciences (= Ph.D.), Institute of Foreign Languages, Moscow, USSR, after Post-Graduate Studies, during 1961-1965.

1958 - M.A. in Philology, Czernowitz University, USSR, after five years of study.

Employment History

2003 -2004 Honorary Visiting Fellow, University College, London, UK

2003, Spring Semester Distinguished Shoshana Shier Professor, University of Toronto, Canada

1976 - Present: Professor, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

1986 - 1990 and 1998 - Present: Chairperson, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1993 - 1994: Director, Institute of History, Philosophy and Regional Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1988 - Present: Director, Research Center for Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1998 - Present: Director of the Jerusalem Branch of the International Project "Evidence of Yiddish in European Eyes" (EYDES)

1979 - 1989: Associate Editor of the Great Dictionary of the Yiddish Language, Director of the Jerusalem Branch of the Project (Project of Columbia University, USA)


1999 - 2003: Guest Lecturer, International Summer School for Yiddish of the World Council for Yiddish Culture, Kiev and Warsaw

2000 and 2002 Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies, Moscow State University, Russia (Autumn Semester)

1998 Visiting Professor of Slavic Studies, University "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy (one month)

1993 - 1996: Visiting Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA (Summer Semesters)

1990 - 1992: Visiting Professor of Slavic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

1984 - 1992: Guest Lecturer of Yiddish Culture, Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies, Oxford, UK (Summer School)

1984 - 1986: Honorary Visiting Fellow, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London University, UK

1979: Visiting Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark (Spring Semester)

1975 - 1976: Research Fellow, Tel Aviv University, Israel

1965 - 1974: Director and Senior Researcher, Research Laboratory of Information Languages of the State Committee for Inventions and Discoveries of the USSR, Moscow, USSR

1966 - 1968: Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, Moscow State University, USSR (part time)

1959 - 1961: Teacher, Nova Zhadova High School, Ukraine

Honors and Grants

2005 - Elected Corresponding Member, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

2002 - Pushkin Medal of the International Association of Teachers of the Russian Language and Literature for Achievements in Russian Studies

2000 - Gold Medal of the International Ukraine-Israel Society for Furthering Interethnic Understanding

1993, 1996, 2000 - Grants of the Rothschild Foundation, Geneva, Swiss

1998, 2001 - Grants of the Jewish National Fund, Israel

2000, 2001 - Grants of the National Authority for Yiddish Culture, Israel

1992 - Elected Foreign Member, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine

1982 - Grant, Volkswagen Foundation, Germany

1980 - Grant, DAAD, Germany

1975 - Grant, Stockholm University, Sweden

Editorial Activities

Since 1993: Editor-in-Chief of the International Book Series "Jews and Slavs", Jerusalem (vols. 1 - 15)

Since 1998: Member of the Editorial Board of the Magazines "Russica Romana", Rome, and "Vestnik Evreiskogo Universiteta", Moscow-Jerusalem

2000: Editor of the Book "The Russian Jews - Immigrants in France", Moscow-Paris-Jerusalem

1991: Editor-in-Chief, "Russian Language and History", Jerusalem

1989: Editor-in-Chief, "Russian Literature and History", Jerusalem

1985: Editor, Slavica Hierosolymitana, vol. 7, Jerusalem

Since 1979: Associate Editor, Great Dictionary of the Yiddish Language

1967 - 1974: Editor-in-Chief, Book Series "Problems of Linguostatistics and Automatization of Linguistic Work", vols 1 - 6, Moscow

Executive Positions in Professional Organizations and Public Bodies

Since 1998: Member of the Executive of the National Authority for Yiddish Culture, Israel

Since 1997: Co-President, World Council of Yiddish Culture

Since 1993: Vice-President, International Association for Ukrainian Studies

Since 1992: President, Israeli Association of Ukrainian Studies

Since 1990: Chairperson, Israeli Committee of Slavists

Since 1990: Member of the International Committee of Slavists

1989 - 1990: President, Israeli Association of Slavic Studies

Membership in Professional Organisations

Since 1993: Israeli Union of Writers

Since 1995: Israeli P.E.N. Club


Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Yiddish

List of Selected Publications

Over 300 publications (including 12 books) in Russian, Ukrainian, English, Yiddish, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Italian and Czech in Slavic and Jewish studies, lexicography and computational linguistics.

A selection of books and some articles is listed below.


1. Statistics and Semantics, Moscow, "Nauka", 1969 (in Russian)

2. Information Languages, Moscow, "Nauka", 1971 (in Russian, Czech translation, Prague, 1974)

3. Dictionary of Key Words to the International Patent Classification, Moscow, "Patent", 1972, 2 vols (in Russian)

4. Methodology of Dictionary Construction for Machine Translation, Moscow, "Patent", 1970 (in Russian)

5. Rising to the Challenge: Israel and the Absorption of Soviet Jews, London, Institute of Jewish Affairs, 1990


1. Slavische Elemente in Wortschatz der russischen Deutschen, IN: I. Fleischhauer (ed.) Die Deutschen in der UdSSR - einst und jetzt, Bonn, 1990

2. The Linguistic History of Jews: Investigation of Family Names, IN: Penn Language News, no. 3, Spring, 1991

3. The Language of Russian Emigration, IN: W. Moskovich et alia (eds) Russian Language and History, Jerusalem, 1991

4. Jews of Bukovina, IN: Bulletin of Czernowitz Jewish Social-Cultural Foundation, Czernowitz, 1989 (in Russian)

5. Changing Patterns of Soviet Political Discourse: 1985 to the Present, ISCIP Publication Series, Boston, N7, 1991 (Co-Author E. Mossman)

6. Two Essays on Jewish-Russian Language Contacts:
       I. Russian Speech in Israel
       II. The Yiddish Influence on Russian Speech in Odessa
         IN: W. Moskovich (ed) Jews and Slavs, vol. 1, Jerusalem-St. Petersburgh, 1993 (in Russian)

7. The Slavic Component in the Dialects of the Karaim Language, idem (in Russian)

8. Mr. Khaurushenka, Miss Shaihets, Mrs. Hoika and others: The Origin of Some Unusual Family Names in East Slavic Areas, IN: V. Toporov (ed) Philologica Slavica, Moscow, "Nauka", 1993
8a. the same IN: D-B. Kerler (ed), The Politics of Yiddish, Walnut Creek-London-New Delhi, Altamira, 1998

9. Lessico di provinienza italiana nella lingua ukraina contemporanea, IN: L. Calvi (ed), Miti antichi e moderni tra Italia e Ukraina, Venice, 1999

10. Multiculturalism and National Relations in Galicia and Bukovina, IN: M. John and O. Luthar, Un-Verstaendnis der Kulturen. Multikulturalismus in historischer Perspektive, Klagenfurt-Ljubljana-Vienna, 1997

11. Ashkenazi Surnames of Lithuanian Origin, IN: W. Roell, S. Neuberg (eds), Jiddische Philologie, Tuebingen, Max Niemeyer, 1999

12. The Terminology of Modern Russian: Ultranationalism and Antisemitism, IN: J. A. Dunn (ed), Language and Society in Post-Communist Europe, Houndsmills and London, Macmillan Press, 1999

13. Czernowitz as a Major Centre of Jewish Identity and Culture, IN: Casopis za zgodovino in narodopisje (Review of History and Ethnography), vol. 36, parts 1-2, Maribor, 2000

14. Jews in Interethnic Relations in Bukovina, IN: M. Feller (ed), "Ukrains'ke jevreistvo" (Ukrainian Jewry), N3, Kiev, 1998 (in Ukrainian)

15. Foreword, IN: I. Kleiner, From Nationalism to Universalism Vladimir (Ze'ev) Zhabotinsky and The Ukrainian Question, Edmonton-Toronto, CIUS Press, 2000

16. Russian Political Terminology in the Past and in the Present, IN: L. N. Zybatow (ed), Sprachwandel in der Slavia, Frankfurt, M. P. Lang, 2000

17. Features of Antisemitic Propaganda in Modern Russia, IN: Jews and Antisemitism in Public Discourse of the Post-Communist European Countries, Jerusalem, 2000

18. A Type of Humoristic Macaronic Songs of Ukrainian Jews, IN: A. Pavan et alii (eds), L'Ukraina del 18 secolo, Venice, 2000

19. Jewish Periodicals in Ukraine Since 1988, IN: W. Moskovich et alii (eds), "Jews and Slavs", vol. 5, Jerusalem, 1996

20. The Axis Jerusalem-Kyiv in the Works of Ukrainian Emigre Poet Moisei Fishbein, IN: W. Moskovich et alii (eds), "Jews and Slavs", vol. 6, Jerusalem-Ljubljana, 1999

21. Jewish Surnames of Ukrainian Origin, IN: W. Moskovich et alii (eds) "Jews and Slavs", vol. 7, Jerusalem-Kiev, 2000

22. Jubilee Notes on V. Zhabotinsky, IN: W. Moskovich et alii (eds), The Russian Jews - Immigrants in France, Jerusalem-Moscow, "Gesharim", 2000 (in Russian)

23. Galicia and Bukovina under Austrian Rule and After. Ethnic Problems and Interethnic Relations, IN: W. Moskovich (ed), "Jews and Slavs", vol. 9, Jerusalem-Vienna, 2001

24. Ukrainian Studies in Israel, IN: G.Brogi Bercoff et alii (eds.), Pagine di ucrainistica europea, Alessandria, 2001

25. Leksicheskie zaimstvovanija iz italjanskogo v vostochnoslavjanskikikh jazykakh (Lexical Borrowings from Italian in East Slavic Languages) IN:"Russica Romana",In Ricordo di Michele Colucci II,vol.IX,Pisa-Rome,2002

26. "Sema "palomnichestvo" v sovremennykh slavjanskikh jazykakh (The Seme "Pilgrimage in Modern Slavic Languages), IN: W.Moskovich and S.Schwarzband (eds),"Jews and Slavs",vol.10,Jerusalem,2003

27. Hetman Ivan Mazepa's Love Letters, IN:G.Siedina (ed), Mazepa e il suo tempo.Storia, cultura, societa, Alessandria, 2004

28. Ljubovnye pis'ma hetmana Ivana Mazepy (,Love Letters of the Hetman Ivan Mazepa), IN:W.Moskovich et alia (eds) "Jews and Slavs", vol.14, Festschrift Ilja Serman, Jerusalem,2004.

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