Ukrainian - Jewish Encounter in Jerusalem

On 18 - 20 October 2010 the scientific conference "Ukrainian Jewish Encounter: Cultural Interaction, Representation, and Memory" was held in Jerusalem (Israel).
The conference was organised by the "Ukrainian Jewish Encounter Initiative" in co-operation with the Israel Museum and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Scientists and public figures from Ukraine, Israel, the USA, Canada, Poland, Russia and France participated in the conference.

Main topics of the conference:
  • Ukrainian-Jewish cultural interaction and its result in the Ukrainian and Jewish religious art and the architecture of Ukraine;
  • Historical and social aspects of Hassidism in Ukraine;
  • Ethnographical expeditions on the Jewish cultural heritage on the territory of Ukraine;
  • Ukrainian-Jewish interaction and mutual influences on language, folklore, literature, art and films;
  • Perspectives of dialogue and mutual understanding of historical memory.

  • Conference Program

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    The first two days of the conference took place in auditoriums of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
    A session dedicated to religious art and architecture was held by Prof. Nadiya Kytsenko (USA).
    Dr Sergej Kravtsov (Israel)
    Dr Valerij Dimshyts (Russia)
    Joseph Zissels (Ukraine)
    Prof. Wolf Moskovich and Dr Boris Khaimovich (Israel)
    Sofia Dyak and Vita Susak (Ukraine) with Albert Stankowski (Poland), the founder and coordinator of the web project "Virtual Shtetl", working at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
    Joseph Zissels (Ukraine) reflected on the issue of historical memory and problems of mutual understanding and reconciliation.
    Dr Boris Khaimovich (Israel) talked about synagogues in Ukraine in the inter-war period and presented the murals of the synagogue in Novoselytsia.
    Leonid Finberg (Ukraine) talked about the revival of Jewish museums of Ukraine. Special attention was paid to the Chernivtsi Museum of the History and Culture of Bukovinian Jews.

    The concert "Night Songs from a Neighboring Village" was a wonderful addition to the meetings. The great American musicians Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty demonstrated how different traditions of folk music can connect and interact: Jewish tradition (klezmer) and Ukrainian tradition (kobza).

    The following videos were recorded during other concerts of M. Alpert and J. Kytasty

    Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty
    "Green Rye"

    Julian Kytasty
    "Melody for bandura"

    Michael Alpert

    Photos were taken and kindly given to us by Mihail Feldman (Jerusalem).