The section ďArticles. ResearchesĒ is opened by a substantial article by Dr. Mariya Nekrasova who analyzes the pre-Revolutionary Russian liberalsí (B.N. Chicherin) attitude towards state-supported Anti-Semitism as well as towards the stand taken by the Slavophiles (P.Y. Astafyev), the emperorís court (K. Palen) and well-known Anti-Semitic figures (V.V. Shulgin).
Prof. B. Tabachnikov (Voronezh) analyzes the contribution of the Soviet Jews into the countryís musical culture. The author names many Jewish musicians of both wide renown and modest fame who worked actively in the 1920 to 1970s.
Igor Gelman from Volgograd researches the reasons that led to Vaticanís recognition of the State of Israel. Confronting the authorís viewpoint, Moisey Yakerson from Saratov emphasizes the fact that Israel has done its utmost not only for the success of the recognition process, but also for the radical revision of the attitude toward Jews that was held by the Christian church.
The section ďLecturesĒ includes a lecture delivered by L. Birger in the Samara Jewish lecture club as well as V. Pankovís (Tula) essay on the initial stages in the development of Zionism in Russia, prepared for the Tula lecture club.
The greater part of the section ďOur GenealogiesĒ is occupied by an article by E. Mendelevich (Oryol). The author gives a detailed account of the formation of the Jewish community in Oryol and analyzes the activities of the cityís rabbi Y. H. Katznelson who published a Jewish literary magazine ďThe PalmĒ before the Revolution.
In his article ĎFrom the History of Tula Jewish Communityí Yevgeni Katz (Tula) cites interesting and little-known facts.
The section ďMemoirs and DocumentsĒ includes three articles. Yeva Tsvetova from Samara vividly portrays her family and the school she studied at. Dr. Mikhail Gurovich from Nizhny Novgorod tells about the residents of the house on the Internatsionalnaya Street where his family lived and his ethnic conscience formed. Dr. Steve Gutin-Levin cites interesting data concerning the life of the Saratov Jewish community on the eve of and during World War Two.
Archive research is represented by Dr. Boris Pudalovís article in which he describes the activities of Jewish philanthropic organizations in Nizhny Novgorod during the first years of the Soviet government, and by Anna Simonovaís article about the repressions against Zionist organizations in Samara that occurred at about the same time.
The issue contains accounts of activities of city Jewish lecture clubs in the academic year of 1994-95. For the first time the magazine features readersí comments and critical reviews of the articles published in the two previous issues. The issue also contains information about its contributors.