A seminar for teachers of nature studies called "Judaism and Science. Conflict or Cooperation?" took place on January 3-6, 2002 in the "Dubek" sanatorium in the picturesque Kiev suburb Pushcha-Voditsa. It was organized by the city Jewish community, Education Department of Israeli Embassy, and the Forum of Jewish Educational Workers "Etrog". The seminar's goal was to provide practical help to teachers in using knowledge of Jewish tradition at lessons. The seminar included round table conferences on problems of teaching physics, chemistry, biology, valeology, and computer skills at Jewish educational institutions.
Most experienced teachers held demonstration lessons, lectures and discussions. There also was a Shabbat party. The seminar was initiated by Rabbi Meir Rouberg and Dr. Irina Sergeyeva. Such specialists in the interdisciplinary sphere as Dr. Springer from England, one of the heads of the computer department of the Bank of England, Rabbi Meir Rouberg, professor Yevgeny Persky, Dr. Aleksey Khamray and others presented their scientific reports. The seminar was sponsored by "Sokhnut-Ukraine", "Joint", ICC of the Israeli Embassy, and the Trustee Board of the Kiev Jewish community.
The Kiev city Jewish community and the Education Department of the Israeli Embassy held a seminar for Ukrainian senior pupils. It was called "Judaism Practice", and took place on January 7-10, 2002, in the "Dubek" sanatorium in Pushcha-Voditsa. The seminar included studies in Jewish tradition, culture, and history.
The seminar program also included "Funny Starts" competitions, tournaments in mini-football, table tennis, chess, intellectual tournaments "brain-ring" on Jewish history and traditions, etc.
Pupils participated in many cultural arrangements. Teachers and pupils organized a humor evening and a concert of klezmer music.
The seminar was attended by pupils of Kiev schools # 299 and 128, Zhytomir school "Or Avner", pupils from Chernigov, Odessa, Chernovtsy and Kharkov.
The Kiev Jewish Cultural and Educational Sholom Aleikhem Association held a pre-holiday meeting in the Esh a-Torah synagogue on January 27. Those who came were told about the meaning of Tu Bi-Shvata and the cabbalistic meaning of its elements, nominations of the best Jews of the Kiev community, and the life of Solomon Mikhoels.
The poet Grigoriy Falkovich read his poems dedicated to this important Jewish holiday.