The seminar "Holocaust Lessons in Ukrainian Schools" was held at the beginning of November in Puscha-Voditsa. About 30 participants of the seminar - teachers from schools of Crimea, Kiev and Nikolayev oblasts met A.Azari, Ambassador of Israel in Ukraine, professor Y.Golovaha, and A.Zaremba, Head of the Jewish history and culture department of the Institute of Political and Ethnic Research of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine.
The conference of the Association of National and Cultural Unions of Ukraine took place on November 3. A.Feldman was re-elected the President of the Association. The Head of the Association of Jewish Schools of Ukraine G.Shoikhet was elected one of the vice-presidents.
The conference for college teachers on problems of immortalizing the memory of ethnic tragedies victims was held on November 16. These tragedies include the Holocaust, pogroms and postwar anti-Jewish repressions, about which special reports were made.
A new synagogue was passed to the Union of Jewish religious organizations of Ukraine. The symbolic key to the synagogue was handed to the leaders of the community - Yevgeniy Chervonenko, President of the "Orlan" concern, and rabbi Mikhael Menis.
The synagogue hand-over was the Ukrainian government's act of good will. The building requisitioned in Soviet times was returned to the Kiev Jewish community. The premises of the synagogue in Zhylyanskaya Street was for a long time used by the "Transsignal" plant as a canteen.
The opening ceremony was visited by Yaakov Dov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine, Karlos Pascual, Ambassador of the USA, Anna Azari, Ambassador of Israel, Martin Kotlyarevsky, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, Yosif Zisels, Chairman of the Ukrainian Vaad and Executive Vice-President of the JCU, representatives of Jewish organizations and mass media.
A delegation of Israeli pupils visited Kiev as part of a special educational project "Know where you came from". The project's aim is to familiarize young Israelis with the history and renaissance of Jewish communities exterminated by the Nazi. The project is being carried out by the Jewish Agency, Ministry of Education and the Claims Conference.
The students visited Babiy Yar and newly opened Jewish community centers and synagogues.
This visit to Kiev is the first one through ten years of the project's existence. Previously, every year pupils used to visit Nazi death camps in Poland.
The project allows young Israelis get acquainted with the life of rehabilitating Jewish communities of Ukraine and Poland and meet contemporaries in Kiev and Warsaw.