Ukrainian Jewish youth discuss self-identification


KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Ukrainian Jewish youth gathered in Crimea for a self-identification program.

The 30 youth from Crimea, Kharkov and Odessa met May 28-31 in the Crimean city of Simferopol for the Shabbaton seminar hosted by the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Crimea, and the Reform/Progressive Ner Tamid Congregation in Simferopol.

The intensive schedule included participation in different programs run by the Jewish community of Crimea.

The event encouraged the youth to learn more about Ukrainian Jewry, self-identification and modern challenges.

The seminar was organized by the Association of the Jewish Organizations and Communities of Crimea, together with the Simferopol Reform Jewish Congregation. Financial support was provided by the Holland Jewish Humanitarian Foundation.

"Such seminars are very important for Jewish youth because they help to accept the challenges of our time and increase Jewish self-identification. The participants from different cities get a charge out of the miracle of Jewish unity,” Eduard Dolinsky, executive director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, told JTA.

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