Jews in Kiev and throughout Ukraine marked the 60th birthday of journalist Mikhail Frenkel.
Leaders of Jewish organizations in Ukraine, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and International Solomon University, as well as representatives of the Israeli embassy in Ukraine and others, gathered at the Kiev university for the celebration.
Frenkel has served for many years as the editor-in-chief of leading Ukrainian Jewish publications Einikeyt and the Jewish Observer. He is also the chairman of the Association of Jewish Media in Ukraine and a member of the Coordinating Board of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine.
He was the first Jewish journalist recognized in independent Ukraine as an Honored Journalist of Ukraine.
From 1992 to 2000, Frenkel appeared on the popular Jewish TV show “Yahad.”
He also has published many articles in the mainstream Ukrainian media.
The Jewish community of Ukraine expressed gratitude to Frenkel for his service to the Jewish people.
“We express our gratitude to your struggle against manifestations of anti-Semitism in Ukraine and indefatigable efforts to propagate the cultural heritage of the Jewish people,” the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine said in a statement.