|THE JEWISH COMMUNITY STANDS WITH UKRAINE|
A Live Stream International Conversation with Igor Shchupak
Join us for a conversation about the current crisis through a Jewish lens and learn what you can do to help the Ukrainian Jewish Community.
Thursday, March 3
12:00 pm EST
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Please note that this event will take place depending on the current circumstances in Dnipro, Ukraine.
Igor Shchupak, Director of the Museum ”Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”, and ”Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Ph.D, Honored Educator of Ukraine (2018).Since 2004 he has been the Director of ”Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies. He was the co-author of the conception and fundator of Museum ”Jewish Memory and History of Holocaust in Ukraine” (Dnipro), opened in 2012.
Alexander Kuzma, is the Chief Development Officer for the Ukrainian Catholic University Foundation (UCUF). A lawyer by training, for 15 years, he served as Development Director for the Children of Chornobyl Relief Fund, an organization that provided millions of dollars in medical equipment, hospital supplies and training for hospitals in Ukraine. Since 2010 he has worked to raise funds for students scholarships, endowments, capital projects, and new programs at the Ukrainian Catholic University. UCU is the only Catholic university in the former Soviet Union and is widely considered to be the finest university in Ukraine in terms of the caliber of its students and faculty, the pioneering academic programs and civil society initiatives it has developed.
Katja Kolcio, is Associate Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Director of the Albritton Center for the Study of Public Life. Katja is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Dance, Environmental Studies, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Wesleyan University. The social revolution and subsequent war in Ukraine compelled Kolcio to become directly involved in the relief effort and volunteer movement there, leading somatic workshops with humanitarian volunteers, refugees, soldiers, and other victims of the war, as a method of healing, but also as a way of jointly bearing witness and fully engaging in a remarkable social transformation, the Revolution of Dignity, that traces its roots back to the government mishandling of the Chernobyl Disaster.
Julia Kulchytska, Wesleyan University class of ’24, is a translator from Sambir, a town in the Lviv region of Ukraine. While Kulchytska says Lviv is safer than other places in Ukraine, Kulchytska’s family still has to deal with Russian bombings.
Did you know that Ukraine is home to the largest Jewish Community Center in the world?
The Menorah Jewish Center in Dnipro, Ukraine houses a hospital, museum, hotel and is the center of support for the Jewish community. Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine “is the largest museum on the history of the Jewish people and the Holocaust in Ukraine, opened in October 2012. Its halls are dedicated to one of the most terrible tragedies of the 20th century – Nazi extermination of Jews in Europe and the description of the traditional Jewish world destroyed during the war years. This is a new type of museum: its exhibition is a combination of unique exhibits, modern multimedia technologies, and art installations.