|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
In Brief ...
The answer to this question for a Jews is, at the first sight, unequivocal - no. But several years will pass and our families may confront with a problem... Over 90% of religious communities in Ukraine are Christian ones. It is natural, therefore, that the Vinnitsa society of political prisoners and the repressed addressed the authorities to restore an ancient Ukrainian tradition to introduce a morning prayer "Our Father" in kindergartens and junior school grades as a universal instrument of Christian unity. 500 signatures of representatives of different confession, parties, ordinary citizens have been collected. According to the Vinnitsa newspaper "Independent courier" (#24 from June 12, 2002) the petition was backed by Mayor Alexander Dobrovsky. Misunderstanding emerged only with the officials, who, referring to the Constitution of Ukraine, did not issue permission on morning prayers.
True school is not only lessons. In any case the Odessa "Or Sameakh" puts before itself large-scale tasks. Education here is inseparable from upbringing, first of all moral that is an integral part of the national tradition. Here they work not only with children but with parents as well. The beginning was laid last autumn. The program named "Parents' university" received its continuation in Uman during the first "Shorashim veesodot" seminar. Just several months later the second seminar under the same name and with the same number of listeners was held, this time in Odessa.
Under this name the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust studies held its first seminar for lecturers of Ukraine's universities at the Vinnitsa pedagogic university. The seminar became possible owing to the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and Vinnitsa Jewish community (special gratitude to Isaac Novoseletsky).