|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
In Brief ...
None of the CIS peoples seems to have avoided a rise of national awareness. Jews, like all others, begin now revealing their national identity. Long ago emancipated Jews used to voluntarily become part of the culture of surrounding peoples, and in the sphere of fine arts they got assimilated particularly swiftly. Having destroyed the closure of a "ghetto", Jews rushed to master a new culture adopting a European style of life, many of them becoming famous sculptors, painters, draughtsmen.
Irina Ratner is a famous in Zhytomir painter, who works in the sphere of small plastics, and successful pedagogue. For over 25 years she heads a studio of ceramics she created herself. Works of Irina's pupils are often exhibited in the city and at All-Ukrainian exhibitions. But most important is that during all these years she brings up in her pupils an ability to learn the world. Besides, almost two years she works at the Jewish charitable center "Hessed Shlomo". Irina heads a ceramics studio - she teaches ancient plastic art to Jewish children.