Kiev. A seminar on the Holocaust in Vinnitsa region was held at the History and Culture Department of the Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the Ukrainian NAS. It was attended by researchers and activists of Vinnitsa and Vinnitsa region.
Kiev. A seminar for social workers of the district state administration of the new Solomensky district was held on December 18. The Kiev Institute of Social and Community Workers has been organizing teaching seminars for social workers of government agencies of the former Kiev Zalisnychny district for five years already. This time 64 government employees attended lectures on gerontology, geriatrics, and professional social work. In particular, Natan Gomberg, Head of the Kiev "Khesed Avot", told the audience about Jewish charity traditions, the place of woman in Judaism, and the history of Hanukkah.
Dnepropetrovsk. The first International Scientific Conference "Holocaust Problems in Ukraine" took place on December 17-18 in Dnepropetrovsk. It was organized by the Charity Fund "Scientific Education Center "Tkuma", "Joint", and the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish community. The conference participants worked in such sections as "History of Ukrainian Jews Before World War II", "Holocaust in Ukraine", "The Reflection of the Holocaust in Literature and Art", "Jews in the USSR and Ukraine in the second part of the XX century" and "Problems in Teaching Holocaust History".
Odessa. A scientific and practical conference "The Place and Role of Religious Organizations in the Region Revival" was held in the city. It was attended by representatives of numerous religious confessions of city and oblast (including "Or Sameakh" community), political parties, social organizations, cultural, educational, and public health workers of local and government authorities.
The main task of the conference was to provide, at least once in two years, secular and religious organizations a possibility to exchange opinions on topical issues of spiritual education, culture, education, social activity rising, and, above all, develop joint programs for solving these problems.
Dnepropetrovsk. Mikhail Stefansky, candidate of Master of sports, won a chess tournament dedicated to Hanukkah. Mikhail Kheifets, veteran of the Great Patriotic War, won the third place.
14 sportsmen participated in a draughts tournament. Master of sports Yakov Brusilovsky, who got 12 points out of 13 possible, became the winner. Candidates of Masters of sports Uriy Churenkov and pensioner Mikhail Goykhman won the second and third places.
According to the materials of the
Dnepropetrovsk community site
Odessa. What is a shop? A strange question, you'll say... Firstly, this is the premise, secondly - shop windows, refrigerators, goods, price lists, shop assistants. All this is right. But this is right only when it concerns any usual shop (it doesn't matter whether it is big or small). However, all this is far from being main in the content and destination (this high word is absolutely relevant here!) of an absolutely new shop, which opened in the main Odessa synagogue yard in 30, Richelieu Str.
The shop is called "Kosher". From the mere name it is clear that this is the place where people, who observe or have decided to begin observing kashrut, can find everything necessary. All foodstuffs sold here are kosher. People can come here not only for shopping, but also for advice, recipes of meals, traditionally served in Jewish families on Saturdays or holidays. By the way, the first visitors could already learn what and how to cook for Hanukkah.
"Kosher" started its full-fledged life traditionally: mezuzah, guardian of Jewish homes, was attached to the entrance, and Shlomo Baksht's, Chief Rabbi of Odessa and oblast, blessing. Mazl tov, "Kosher"!