The conference has become a unique platform for discussing what is special about the history of Jews in Belarus. It brought together senior specialists and young researchers from Eastern Europe and other parts of the world to evaluate the latest findings on all aspects of the history, culture and heritage of Jews in Belarus, including the emergence of a distinctive Belarusian-Jewish identity.
The programme included panels on art, pre-revolutionary history, ethnography, heritage, Holocaust, interwar period, language and literature. Two roundtables on heritage challenges and priorities and the identity of Jews in and from Belarus have taken place. The scientific committee was composed of the world-renowned specialists Elissa Bemporad, Arakdii Zeltser, Mikhail Krutikov, Magdalena Waligorska, Alexander Ivanov, Shaul Stampfer, Maria Kaspina and Claire Le Foll.