The Second International Youth Summer School on Judaism

From 23-30 June 2011 the second international youth summer school on Judaism will be held in Chernivtsi. It will be organised by the youth organisation "Youth association for religious studies" and its president Larissa Vladichenko. Co-organisers are the Chernivtsi Museum for History and Culture of Bukovinian Jews and the Chernivtsi Yuriy Fedkovytch University. The person in charge of the summer school and the project in general will be Anna Maria Basauri Syusina.

The summer school is a reaction to the significant increase of antisemitism and intolerance in Ukrainian society over the last years and to the social distance to fellow citizens of Jewish faith, which was demonstrated by sociologic studies.

The aim of the summer school is to give the participants deep and impartial knowledge on the history, culture and traditions of the Jewish people, basics of the Jewish faith and religious practises of Judaism, on characteristics of the present life of Jewish communities in and outside Ukraine, and on current problems in the relations between different religions.

The program of the summer school includes talks by lecturers of the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academia", the National Drahomanov University of Education, the Chernivtsi National Yuriy Fedkovytch University, representatives of "Midreshet Yerushalayim" in Ukraine and staff of the Chernivtsi Museum for History and Culture of Bukovinian Jews. Also there will be presentations of research papers and meetings with representatives of Jewish organisations of the city and region. The participants will get to know the historic-cultural heritage of Bukovina, and there will be a broad cultural program and trips to the surroundings.

The participants of the summer school are 20 university students and post-graduates from Ukraine and some other countries.

The official opening of the summer school will be on 23 June at 11 am in the Red Hall of Yuriy Fedkovytch University (Kotsyubynskyy St 2).