© 2020 Nosenko-Shtein E. E., Kirnos A. E.

2020 – № 2 (20)

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Nosenko-Shtein E. E., Kirnos A. E. (2020). Miloserdie vyshe spravedlivosti [Mercy is Higher than Justice]. Medicinskaja antropologija i biojetika [Medical Anthropology and Bioethics], 2 (20)

Authors info:

Elena Eduardovna Nosenko-Stein, Dr. Hist. Sc., is a Leading Research Fellow at the Institute of Oriental Studies (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow).


Alexandr Kirnos is the Director of the Jewish philanthropic foundation Yad Ezrah


Keywords: medicine, people with disabilities, philanthropy, Jews, Judaism, Russia:

Abstract. The interview was conducted in July 2020 and focused on the work of Jewish charity funds supporting the elderly and people with disabilities in Russia. Elena Nosenko-Stein who for a long time has studied the problems of the modern Jewish community in Russia as well as the adaptation of disabled people, talked to Alexander Kirnos – a doctor, poet, and the director of the Jewish charity organization Yad Ezrah (“A Helping Hand” in Hebrew). This fund emerged in the Perestroika years and has been rendering various sorts of aid to Jewish and non-Jewish victims of Nazism and the elderly in need of medical and psychological support. Kirnos spoke about his life, joinging the charity and the basic principles of Jewish philantropy.


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* The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. Grant  20-09-0063 А (“Disability as a Sociocultural Phenomenon in the Post-Soviet Space”).