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Scientist Sheinkman, B’nai B’rith Kiev founder, dies

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KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Renowned Ukrainian scientist Moisey Sheinkman, a founder and leader of B’nai B’rith in Kiev, has died.  

Sheinkman, who was 79 at his death, initiated the B’nai B’rith movement in Ukraine and became the first president of B’nai B’rith Kiev in 1995, serving until 1999. He has been an honorary president of the lodge since 1999.

A Kiev native, Sheinkman graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic Institute and then worked at the national Academic Institute of Semiconductor Physics. He was the author of over 100 scientific works and inventions.

In 1988, Sheinkman was elected a Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

For his scientific achievements, Sheinkman received a Laureate of State Prize and as well as numerous other state awards.

“Moisey Sheinkman made a considerable contribution into B’nai B’rith movement development in Ukraine. Thanks to his efforts, B’nai B’rith Kiev affiliated with B’nai B’rith Europe and was recognized by international Jewish organizations,” said Arkady Monastyrsky, a vice-president of B’nai B’rith Kiev and president of the Jewish Forum of Ukraine.

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