Jewish Community Voices from Ukraine
Since the Russian invasion, millions of Ukrainians have been forced to make impossible decisions—fleeing their homes, separating from loved ones, abandoning worldly possessions, and in some cases giving life and limb in defense of their country. Millions have ventured into the unknown in search of refuge. But those connected to religious community have often been supported by unparalleled safety nets of individuals and organizations helping them through each step of their perilous journeys.
In this program, activists connected to the Ukrainian Jewish community will share their on-the-ground experiences and perspectives born of this war and discuss the innumerable ways in which the community has been impacted. They will also reflect on Jewish communal and organizational life in Ukraine before the Russian invasion and consider both what has been destroyed and what has been sustained.
There is no charge for this program. Donations made in connection with the event will support the organizations represented by our speakers: the Emergency Campaign for Masorti/Conservative Communities in Ukraine, the JDC Emergency in Ukraine Fund, and the Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies.
Tetyana Batanova, head of the Judaica Department at the Vernadsky National Library and secretary of the Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies
Sasha Nazar, head of the Lviv Volunteer Center
Rabbi Reuven Stamov, spiritual leader of Kehilat Masoret in Kyiv with Lena (Mikhal) Stamov
- Dr. David Fishman, professor of Jewish History at JTS and director of Project Judaica, JTS’s program in Ukraine based at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy University
- Rabbi Julia Andelman, director of Community Engagement, JTS
Cosponsored by JTS’s Department of Community Engagement and Project Judaica