|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
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It looks as if Ukrainian Jews do not want to follow God's commandment "Propagate and disseminate" individually. They decided to do this through "collective membership" - by means of setting up new Jewish organizations and societies. This time we are going to speak about the Conservative Judaism Movement. The Movement is the least known in Ukraine but at present it is spreading its activity in Kiev. For ten years the country's religious life has been turning around reformist associations and orthodox congregations of both Lithuanian and Hassidic trends. But they seem to have forgotten about conservatives who are trying to harmonize the strict observance of the Law of the Torah with the realities of modern life.
Odessa celebrated the days of Israeli culture in the second part of May. If everything you know about Israeli culture is yells "Dudu!" and "Moti-i-i!" under your windows at 5:30 in the morning, or putting legs on whatever (mainly on seats), you will be pleasantly surprised. Instead of all this there were lots of poems, performances, and memorial board openings.
Galitsiya Drogobych takes a special place on the map of Central and Eastern Europe. It is a frontier city, a crossroad of numerous ways and roads. During all its 900-year long history it was a real phenomenon. The Polish writer Maryan Hemar (a Polish Jew) justly once called it a "one and a half city": half-Ukrainian, half-Polish, and half-Jewish. All three nations gave the world many famous culture workers. Many big cities would be proud of such heritage.