Unearthing Forgotten Treasures of Jewish History

TAU launches Ukrainian Jewry research initiative
10 February 2021
Memorial wall in Jewish cemetery - Chernivtsi, Ukraine.

Two Eastern European Jewish organizations have established the Ukrainian Jewry Research Initiative at TAU, the first to study the unique history of this community.


"Studying the Ukrainian Jewish community in its own right is a groundbreaking endeavor," said Dr. Michael Mirilashvili and Mr. Boris Lozhkin, presidents of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, respectively. "We chose TAU because of its reputation for innovation and out-of-the-box thinking."


The Initiative, which will be carried out by the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center in the Entin Faculty of the Humanities, will focus on Ukrainian Jewish history from ancient times until the present. Researchers will rely on archival documents, periodicals and more.


"The Initiative is a welcome addition to the mosaic of Jewish studies, and we are grateful to the organizations for their vision and generosity. Although almost all of the major movements of eastern European Jewish history took place in Ukraine, it was always subsumed as part of 'Soviet Jewry,'" says Prof. Simha Goldin, Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center. "The time has come to study the distinctive characteristics of the Ukrainian Jewish community."



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