Видавнича діяльність становить значну частину роботи Центру юдаїки. Щороку ми готуємо до друку близько 10–12 видань. І за роки нашої роботи ми опублікували низку книг з історії, культури та філософії євреїв України та Європи. Частина з цих праць вже стала бібліографічною рідкістю.

Центр юдаїки разом із видавництвом «Дух і Літера» опублікували понад 80 книг, серед яких «Єврейська цивілізація: оксфордський підручник з юдаїки» (2012); путівник «Єврейські адреси Києва» (2012); «Діалоги порозуміння: українсько-єврейські взаємини» (2011); «Культур-Ліґа: художній аванґард 1910-1920-х років» (2007); «Поза межами розуміння: філософи та богослови про Голокост» (2009) та інші.

Наші книги одержали низку відзнак на національних та міжнародних книжкових фестивалях. Так, видання «Книжкова графіка митців Культур-Ліґи» та «Єврейська цивілізація: оксфордський підручник з юдаїки» отримали вищі нагороди Форуму видавців у Львові та «Книжкового Арсеналу» 2012 року.

Andrii Puchkov. Trikster’s Perseverent Deceprion: Metadramaturgy of Oleksandr Korniychuk

This book is an impartial biography of the most famous Ukrainian playwright of the Soviet period, Oleksandr Korniychuk (1905–1972). He was the most odious representative of Ukrainian culture and theatrical establishment of the twentieth century. Having won all possible awards, Korniychuk came across as someone, who, when it came to staging, impersonated drawbacks of the Soviet ideology with all its Byzantinesque self-perception and hidden anti-humanism of the socialistic experiment.


Isaac Bashevis Singer. The Slave. Shosha

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904–1991) was one of the most famous representatives of Yiddish literature and a laureate of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature. In his works, he touched upon various periods of life of Eastern European Jewry yet some topics interested him constantly since they stemmed from the experiences of the twentieth century. Those were obsession with ideologies and demons; the justification of God who allows the unchangeable to happen; ethical co-existence with others, animals in particular; and a choice not to cause harm. (more…)

Bella Shaier. Children’s Mate: Two Novelettes and a Short Story

The book by Bella Shaier, an Israeli writer born in Chernivtsi, consists of two novelettes and a short story. The first novelette is dedicated to the Chernivtsi streetlife of the 1960s. Its characters are children yet this delicate psychological work full of precise observations is not for children. The second piece tells about the twenty years of life of two Tel Avivians, Galit and Gordon, touching upon the topics of love, family relations, and unrealizable dreams. The storyline of the short and dramatic story Fortwo revolves around the issues of loneliness, emigration, and family relations and also takes place in Israel.

The book Children’s Mate was shortlisted for the prestigious Israeli Sapir Prize and awarded the prize of the city of Ramat Gan. This is the first complete translation of the book.


Mikhail Mitsel. Politics and Paranoia: The Communist Party of Ukraine against “International Zionism” (1953–1986)

The book examines a “vegetarian” period of Ukraine’s Soviet history when the regime had already stopped practising mass repressions, and yet the ideological pillars of late Stalinism, though slightly modified, remained the same. One element of propaganda was the so-called “fight against international Zionism.” The content of Party, state, and secret police documents impresses the reader with its ideological rhetoric and latent antisemitism as well as a combination of distorted reality and lies. Based on the archival collections of the Communist Party, the book shows that the methods of “anti-Zionist” propaganda were too distant from reality and could not influence the minds of those who did not find their place in the tight grip of the Soviet society.

Drago Jančar. And Love Itself

After the occupation of Yugoslavia by German forces in 1941, the Slovenian city of Maribor, historically a German-speaking town with a large German minority, is annexed to the Third Reich. In the city renamed Marburg an der Drau, neighbours and friends of yesterday are torn apart and a resistance movement is organised in the surrounding hills. The three characters at the heart of the novel, Valentin, a partisan resistance fighter, his girlfriend Sonja, and the SS officer Ludwig, once called Ludek, each try in their own way to defend their love from the senselessness of evil and the downfall of human dignity. The war upsets their perception of the world and of themselves and inevitably breaks their lives.