Russian and Ukrainian researchers gathered to discuss Judaism and the rise in xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Ukraine.
Felix Mindel, first secretary of the Israeli Embassy in Ukraine, spoke at a weeklong seminar near Kiev about recent sociological studies that he said showed that 73 percent of Ukrainians who are hostile toward Jews are affiliated with the Orthodox Church.
The seminar, which drew 18 young researchers, was organized by the Ukrainian Association of Religious Studies, the Jewish Fund of Ukraine, the United Jewish Community and government authorities. It included lectures on Judaism and contemporary anti-Semitism, and the need for interfaith dialogue. Participants also visited houses of worship.