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Jewish studies center opens in Zhytomyr

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — A center for Jewish studies opened in a northwestern Ukrainian city.

The Center of Jewish Studies was inaugurated Friday at the Ivan Franko State University in Zhytomyr. 

About 100 scientists, researchers and students from Ukraine, Poland and Israel gathered at the university Friday for a conference to promote Jewish history and culture.

Jewish center head Natalia Rudnitzkaya told JTA that the center’s mission is to coordinate Jewish studies in the region, help students with methodical support and materials on Jewish history, and to organize scientific conferences and roundtables.

The center is also planning to publish a journal devoted to Jewish history and modern life.

It was established and co-sponsored by the Zhytomyr Chesed Charitable Center and Jewish Foundation of Ukraine. The university provides a venue for conferences and meetings free.

About 2,000 Jews live in Zhytomyr.

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