|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
SCIENCE AND CULTURE
In Brief ...
While the concert dedicated to the Day of Independence was in full swing on the city square of Kosov we were thinking whether we should go to Kolomiya. On the one hand, it is not far (local inhabitants were saying so) and nobody knows when else we would have an opportunity to see Kolomiya. On the other hand - the sun will set down in a couple of hours and we have been on the wheels since yesterday. To crown it all, we have been travelling through the mountain roads. What about returning in darkness, in the unknown locality? We finally decided to go (do not forget, here all are Jews).
UMAN. A TALE-CITY, A DREAM-CITY.
The Cherkasy region, the Umanka riverbank. Uman is one of few Ukrainian cities which name is known in the whole world. You will see here a fantastic sight - the Jews of the XIX century pictures or of the "Pamyat" placards alive on the streets. If you know only Hebrew you will survive in Uman. The biggest number of people attend Uman during Rosh ha - Shan days, but you are unlikely to bear the presence of 10 thousand Jews at a go. Besides, it is forbidden to arrive here during these days, so you will have to come in advance and to get an accommodation at a fantastic price. You should go to the Rabbi Nakhman grave in modest clothes (in principle, this should be observed not only at the Rabbi Nahman grave, but there are strict guards here who will not let you in).
There are no problems with the kosher food, mikva and an overnight accommodation. (but not during Rosh ha - Shan). A wonderful Sofievka park is also worth visiting.Advantages: a wonderfully developed Jewish infrastructure, a good highway (Odessa - Kiev), and all types of mobile communication.
Disadvantage: any driver (taxi - and private car ) on hearing "To Uman" will immediately spell an incredible price.