COMMUNITY REPORT
ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE VAAD OF UKRAINE IN 2004

The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities (Vaad) of Ukraine was founded on January 14, 1991 and registered by Ukrainian Ministry of Justice. 266 organizations from 90 cities of Ukraine form the Vaad. They are 52 religious communities, 50 city communities, 13 charity structures, 17 educational structures, 79 cultural organizations, 12 associations of prisoners of ghettoes and concentration camps, 10 youth organizations, as well as 5 associated member organizations.
The Association is a part of interstate Jewish Confederation – The Vaad (CIS), The European Council of Jewish Communities, The European Jewish Congress, The World Jewish Congress, co-founder of the Zionist Federation of Ukraine, The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine, and The World Congress of Russian Jewry.
The Meeting to hear the report on the work of the Vaad and to elect new executives was held on July 5-7, 2004: re-election of Chairman of the Vaad of Ukraine –(Josef Zissels), Board Members (15 persons), Members of the Coordinative Council.

CONSTANT PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS:
1. Program ‘Charity’
(Director – Yuri Slutskiy)
During 2004 the following activities were carried out in Chernovtsy, Ivano-Frankovsk, Korosten, Mukachevo:
1. – Hot lunches for 1830 persons of elderly age;
2. – Medical help for 800 persons of elderly age;
3. – Parcels’ distribution for 1295 persons;
4. – Clothing assisted – 1020 persons;
5. – Material aid for 17 indigent persons;
The Jewish Charity Fund of Ukraine «Charity – Magen Avot» and its branches conducted the program. The program was sponsored by the Vaad of Ukraine, public founds “Peace”, “Hevra”, local businessmen

2.2 Center of Jewish Education in Ukraine
(Director – Yana Yanover)

There are 35 full–time Jewish schools, 12 kinder gardens; about 50 Sunday schools and 8 yeshivas work in the Jewish communities of Ukraine.
The activities of the Center for Jewish Education of Ukraine (CJEU) developed in the following directions:
1. Methodical Web –site was enriched with materials.
2. In August 2004 the International Seminar on Klezmer Music “The Klezfest” was organized, due to the support of the Jewish Community Development Fund (U.S.A.), Joint, the Jewish Agency ‘Sochnut’, Embassies of the U.S.A. and Canada in Ukraine. There were 70 Seminar’ participants from Ukraine, Byelorussia, Moldova, Israel, Great Britain and the U.S.A.
3.The ‘5 Years Together ’ CD was prepared and released.
4. Concerts of Klezmer music were held during events in Jewish communities and organizations.
5. The “Jewish Music Department” started its work;
6. The “Jewish Music of Ukraine and Moldova” book is been preparing to edition;
7. The certificate program on Judaic Studies for National University “Kiev-Mogila Academy” is cared out (30 students).
8. The joint program with Anne Frank House (Netherlands) "Tolerance education in Ukrainian society " was prepared. Seven Children’s completions were held.
9. The database of the Jewish Sunday schools was renewed. The program of the Assistance to Sunday schools is working out.
10. The “Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust” Seminar was held in the frameworks of the Summer Shorashim Camp
11. The Program on Recording of the Non-material Jewish Heritage was been prepared.
Center of the Jewish education Web site address: http://www.cjeu.8m.com/
Methodical Web site – http://www.jewukr.org/center
Klezmer site http://klezmer.com.ua/

3. INSTITUTE OF JEWISH STUDIES
(Director – Leonid Finberg)

1. Research on Jewish History and Culture in Ukraine (XIX – XX c.c.)
1.1. Rabbis and Greek Catholic Priests (led by Zh. Kovba)
1.2. Biographical interviews – Project of Record of Oral History «History of the Jewish Family» (jointly with the research «Centropa» center (Austria) (led by M. Karelshtein)
1.3. Database on the History of the Holocaust in Ukraine (led by V. Pokidailo)
1.4. Encyclopedia «Jews of Ukraine» (led by V. & L. Grinevich)
2. History of Jewish Arts in Ukraine
2.1. Life of the Jewish Heritage of Galitchina during Holocaust (led by G. Glembotskaya)
2.2. History of the «Culture League» (led by B. Kozachenko)
2.3. Works of Jewish Art in Museums of Ukraine (I. Klimova, B. Kozachenko)
3. Education and Inter-cultural Interaction
3.1. «Cabinet» of Jewish history and Culture – educational CD development (Y. Korogorodsky);
In 2004 3 CD’s were developed: “The History of the Holocaust”, “Jewish Literature of Eastern Europe”, work on the ‘Review of the Eastern Europe Jewry’, ‘The Dreifus and Beilis Cases’, ‘The Movement for Repatriation’ was started. “The Architecture of Shtetl” exhibition was organized in Galitskaya Synagogue.
3.2. “The Essays on History of the Jews in Ukraine” schoolbook was prepared for publication (for pupils of senior secondary schools forms) (Ed. By V. Lubchenko).
3.3. The ‘Sources of Tolerance’ Exhibition (led by L. Finberg).
4. Archive of Jewish heritage in Ukraine
4.1. Personal archives of Jewish writers (led by N. Drobyazko)
4.2. History of Jewish Theaters in Ukraine (N. Drobyazko)
4.3. Database of the Artists of the Jewish Theme in Ukraine (led by E. Shkolyarenko, I.Klimova)
4.4. Jewish Cinematograph (led by. V. Pokidailo)
4.5. Collection, archiving and description of Jewish photographs (led by E. Shkoljarenko)
4.6. Archive of documents and family albums (led by E. Shkolyarenko, E. Yudkovskaya)
4.7. Collection of posters of Jewish parties and movements (led by E. Shkolyarenko, V.Pokidailo)
4.8. Old postcards (led by E. Shkolyarenko, V.Pokidailo)
4.9. Collection of fascist occupational announcements and orders as well as anti-Semitic leaflets and caricatures of 1941-1943 designed for distribution among the Soviet army and the civilian population
4.10. Art Collection of the Jewish Studies Institute (led by N. Drobjazko)
4.11. JOINT in Ukraine, 1920-1930 y.y. (led by M. Mitsel)
4.12. Library of the Institute of Jewish Studies (led by E. Judkovskaya)
4.13. Archive of contemporary Jewish newspapers (led by E. Judkovskaya)
5. PUBLICATION PROJECTS
Yury Morozov. Jewish Cinematographers of Ukraine in 1910–1945 / Artistic design by P. Fishel, editor M. Petrovsky – Êiev, 2004.
Chaim Beider. Sketches of Jewish Writers.– Êiev, 2004. – 347 pages.
Edward Keret “Novels”// Transl. by A. Dubinskaya, E.Gilbo, A.Shevchenko, Duh i Litera, 2004 – 43 pages.
Khaim Beider “Studies of the Jewish writers” ”// K, Institute of Jewish Studies , 2004 – 347 pages.
David Harris “Hopes and Anxiety of the Beginning of the Century //” Transl. by N. Velbovets – K., Duh I Litera, 2004
Euro-Asian Jewish Congress Yearbook/ ed. by V. Likhatchev, L. Finberg, J.Zissels – K, Duh I Litera, 2004 – 574p.
M. Mitsel “Jews of Ukraine in 1943-1953 y.y. Studies on the Documentary History” – K. Duh I Litera, 2004 – 362p.

 

OTHER PROGRAMS OF JEWISH STUDIES INSTITUTE

International Jewish Studies Conference «Jewish History and Culture in Central and East-European Countries»

Website of the Jewish Studies Institute (led by Y. Zaslavska)
You can find the website of the Jewish Studies Institute at www.judaica.kiev.ua.
Virtual Judaica Museum www.judaicamuseum.kiev.ua.
The work of the Institute of Jewish studies was sponsored by: Anne Frank House, American Council of Learned Societies, American Jewish Congress, Pincus Fund, Hanadiv Charitable Foundation, Claims Conference, Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, The Jewish Agency for Israel Sochnut.

4. COMMITTEE ON REPATRIATION (VAAD ALIYA)
(DIRECTOR– IDA ONUFRIYCHUK)

There are 29 consultants working in 36 cities of Ukraine for the Committee of Repatriation of Ukraine.
Local centers of the Committee report on monthly basis to the head office, indicating data on repatriation, organizational interaction, and consultations.
During 2004 there were 10 trips of the “Zhasmin” ship, that transported 962 persons for repatriation, including 482 persons on the recommendation of the Committee.
The documentary preparation was held for “Pitsum” compensations – from Germany.
Activities were conducted on the following directions:
“Guest Tickets” Program for 101 persons.
The volunteer program «Sar El» was assisted for 99 persons.
824 insurance policies were given,
“Elit” program – 2 persons,
“Consignment” Program – 2 persons,
“Boarding House” program – 3 persons,
“Airplane Tickets” program – 79 persons.
3044 persons made repatriation to Israel from Ukraine during 2004.

5. Committee for Preservation of Jewish Heritage
(Chief– prof.Genrih Filvarov)

This program is carried out jointly with the WJRO and the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress. The scientific - methodical center of the Committee had revealed and described 75 objects of Jewish communal property. 24 objects documents were worked out for the WJRO.

6. Newspaper ‘Khadashot’
(editor-in-chief– Timur Litovchenko)

12 issues of newspaper were published during the year. In 2004 “Khadashot” was distributed as a charity newspaper (free of charge) in Kyiv through synagogue, "Khesed", "Magen–Avot", Joint and Sochnut representatives. With the assistance of the "Press" organization it was distributed to 400 Jewish organizations and communities in Ukraine. The funding was provided by the sponsors of the Association and by the WZO and the Jewish agency "Sochnut".
Since 1991 – there are 122 issues. The sponsors of the Vaad funded newspaper.
Internet address: http://www.hadashot.kiev.ua

7. Assistance to Righteous Gentile and their families.
The Vaad of Ukraine continues to provide assistance to the Righteous Gentile and their families.
Unfortunately, because of problems at the Israeli Ministry of Interior the documents on submitting were frozen. About 100 complete sets of the documents were transferred to Israel under the given program.

8. Camp "Shorashim"
(Director –Dr. Anatoliy Podolsky)

In August 2004 the Vaad of Ukraine had organized with the support of the Jewish Agency "Sochnut " and carried out in city Nikolaevka of Crimea area children's camp "Shorashim". About 110 children from Ukraine and Belarus interested in Jewish history and culture participated in the camp. During the rest children had excursions, listened and discussed lectures on the history of Jewish people in communities of the mentioned area.

ZIONIST FEDERATION OF UKRAINE
The Zionist federation of Ukraine has carried out following activities
January-December:
1. Publications, “The Hadashot” Newspaper ;
2. Informational Consultations for repatriations;
3. Support of the Zionist Organizations;
4. Hebrew at the universities of Ukraine
5. Funding and preparation of the “Ha-Esod” in Ukrainian for students of the program;
6. Jul. 5-7, 2004 Organising of the Annual Enlarged Board Meeting;

INTER-ETHNIC PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS of THE VAAD OF UKRAINE
The Congress of the National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) was organized in December 2001 under Vaad’ initiative by a group of national communities of Ukraine.
In 2004 the CNCU has carried out following projects:
January 13-15th -. The round table “Problems of the Ethnic National Rebirth in Ukraine”;
March 1 . – Signing of the Agreement on Interaction and Cooperation with Viktor Yuschenko Political Block “Nasha Ukraina”
June 23-25 – Organization of the Conference on Educational Problems at the National Communities of Ukraine;
July 23-25 – Organization of the Seminal “Youth Leaders of the National Communities of Ukraine”, lectures, round tables.
July 25-27. Tutor seminar “ Interethnic children's camp “The Sources of Tolerance ”.
August 3-26. Interethnic children's camp “ Sources of tolerance ”.
September 22 – Signing of Agreement Interaction and Cooperation with Party of Industrialists and Businessmen Party of Ukraine;
October 8-10 – Seminar for Experts “Monitoring of the Election Campaign in the Context of the Inter-Ethnic and Inter-Religious Relations”;
October-December – Monitoring of the Election Campaign in the Context of the Inter-Ethnic and Inter-Religious Relations – 2 brochures as an outcome were issued;
October 15-17 – Seminar for Mass Media Journalists: 65 representatives of 13 communities, 50 Mass Media;
November 19 – Presentation of the Children’s Club of Tolerance;
December 10-12 – Seminar of teachers of the“ Interethnic children's camp “The Sources of Tolerance ”.
Twelve numbers of “The Forum of Nations” newspapers were issued from beginning of the year.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS OF THE VAAD OF UKRAINE within the FRAMEWORK of the EURO-ASIAN JEWISH CONGRESS

During 2004 year the EAJC’s program directorate (Luydmila Braginskaya - Director) has completed the following works:
1. Program «The EAJC web-site » (www.eajc.org).
1.1. Was created and was constantly updated the section “Anti-Semitism” (in Russian and English).
1.2. Parts: “Announcements”, “News”, “Mass-media”, “Programs” are also updated regularly. The materials were published in journal “The Jews of Euro-Asia” and in EAJC Yearbook.
1.3. Internet – versions of ¹ 3 (4) - 2003 and ¹ 1 (5) – 2004, ¹ 2 (6) – 2004 è ¹ 3 (7) – 2004 of journal "The Jews of Eurasia" were prepared and published.
1.4. Congress’ analysts for the OSCE conference against Anti-Semitism that was held in Vienna and Berlin in 2003 and 2004 prepared the reports. Internet versions of this reports “Fundamental trends of anti-Semitism in Australia and the Eurasia states» were published in the section “Programs/Analytics” in Russian and English.
1.5. Section “General Council” just has started to develop”.

2. Program «Monitoring of Jewish Life».
2.1. «Monitoring of community life»
2.1.1. Monitoring of Jewish and national mass media in the regions of the EAJC’s activity is in progress.
2.1.2. Monitoring releases on Jewish life in the states of Eurasia are disseminated weekly.

2.2. "Expert-analytical section of the monitoring» (res. Leonid Finberg, ex. Vyacheslav Likhachev)
Vyacheslav Likhachev prepared analytical report “Anti-Semitism as a PR-strategy in Ukraine”.
Russian and English editions of a brochure “Fundamental trends of anti-Semitism in Australia and the Eurasia states” (in Russian and English) containing analytical reports on manifestations of Anti-Semitism in Australia, and other Eurasian countries including anti-Semitic acts in Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan were prepared, edited and published in order to be presented at the OSCE Conference against Anti-Semitism. Delegation of the EAJC took part in the this Conference. Members of the delegation addressed the audience with analytical reports.
Analytical materials are published in the website section “Programs/Analytics”.

3. Publication program.

3.1. Program: journal “The Jews of Euro-Asia” (chief editor. Vyacheslav Likhachev)
The following work was completed for the reporting period:
1. Russian and English versions of 3 issues of the journal "The Jews of Euro-Asia" were published:
Preparations of the materials for the journal “The Jews of Euro-Asia”#8 (1) – 2005 are in progress.

4. Program «Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust”.
On February 24, 2004 a “try-out” seminar in the framework of the program «Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust» organized by the EAJC in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Moldova, was held in Kishinev (Moldova). More than 50 history teachers representing all Moldova regions were invited to take part in the seminar.
The seminar was initiated by the Ministry of Education of Moldova and was a “try-out” one for the program «Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust” carried out by the EAJC.
A lot of preparations for the seminar were made to adjust the program to the concept of the project «Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust” taking into account local specifics of the Holocaust history and contemporary situation.
Comparing to other post-Soviet countries, it can be stated that Moldova makes its first steps in understanding the lessons of the Holocaust.
But national Concept of history teaching “from local to universal” complies with innovative pedagogical trends and meets international standards.
There is a reason to expect that realization of the EAJC’s program «Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust” will be successful in Moldova due to the adequate preparations.
Starting from February 2004 the EAJC supports the project “Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust, teaching Holocaust history in universities of Georgia”. The Program is a continuation of the program “Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust, teaching Holocaust history in secondary schools of Georgia” Two seminars for teachers and pupils of secondary schools were organized and a picture contest for children.

Tbilisi State Pedagogical University, Tbilisi State University of Language and Culture and Tbilisi Center of Holocaust History Studies organized the first seminar, March 20-21, 2004 and the second one, May 1-2, 2004. More than 60 tutors, students and post-graduates representing different Universities of Georgia, the Jewish communities and local organizations took part in every seminar. Prominent professionals – professors in political science, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, historians– representing the best Universities of Georgia, were invited to be the tutors at the seminar.
Based on the evaluation of both participants and guest it was agreed that the seminars were organized on a high level. It was repeatedly stressed on huge social-political and educational significance of the program, and the necessity of its further development in such a multi-national and multi-confessional country as Georgia.

In May international pupils' work contest 2004 was held in Kiev (Ukraine) for pupils from Moldova and Ukraine. More than 70 works were presented at the contest and divided into the following nominations: scientific-research, local lore study and search and works of art (artistic understanding of Holocaust). Based on preliminary section and reviews by professional jury 35 works were admitted to take part in final presentation. In the course of the contest mini-seminars and testing of the participants were held, which helped to organize productive roundtables and discuss both historical and contemporary issues.
Spring 2004; periodic republican contest of pupils’ artistic works took place in Belarus. It was prepared and carried out by the Union of Belarus Jewish Public Associations and Communities.
In accordance with the plan of realization of the program «Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust”, which was approved by the Claims Conference, the EAJC in cooperation with local Jewish communities and education ministries of Central Asian stated to carry out seminars for history teachers in secondary (non-Jewish) schools of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan from June 21 to July 2.
On June 21-23, 2004 seminar «Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust” for history teachers in secondary schools of Kazakhstan organized by the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and the Mitzva Association of Kazakhstan was held in Almaty. The Ministry of Education of Kazakhstan and the Assembly of Kazakhstan Nations selected teachers for participation in the seminar.
It was the second seminar in the republic, aiming to broaden and to develop the knowledge about Holocaust, to introduce new topics, to discuss of work during the previous study year.
38 teachers of different nationalities representing 14 regions of the republic took part in the second seminar. Tutors of the EAJC delivered eight lectures: “Lessons of Holocaust and the tasks for contemporary teacher”, “Genocide against everyone: Nazi regime – stages of forming”, “Children of the Catastrophe”, “Forms and methods of extracurricular work on upbringing tolerance”, “Self-identification and xenophobia”, “Anti-Semitism and Nazism”, “Reflections of Holocaust in contemporary world” and “Religious ethics - a ground for tolerance”. There were also three lectures by local tutors: “Contribution of Kazakhstan Jews to cultural and social-economic development of the state”, “Kazakhstan. XX century: exiles, deportations, evacuation, social genocide” and “Islam and Koran – sources of consent and tolerance”.
Within the framework of the seminar two round table discussions were held on inter-ethnic relations in the region and prospects of upbringing tolerance in schools.

Leading public figures and politicians of Kazakhstan took part in the seminar, its work was widely covered by republican mass media.
Most of the participants were highly professional teachers, and, which is even more important, they revealed frank interest concerning the seminar’s theme and were personally motivated. Based on the questionnaires filled in by the teachers, actual interest was shown in discussions on problems of xenophobia and intolerance in the region, willingness of the teachers to work on developing tolerance among pupils through the horrifying example of the Catastrophe of European Jewry.

June 25-27, 2004 seminar «Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust” for history teachers in secondary schools of Kyrgyzstan organized by the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, the Ministry of Education of Kyrgyzstan, Jewish Charitable Foundation “Khesed Tikva” and the Society for Jewish Culture of Kyrgyzstan “Menorah” was held in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan).
The Ministry of Education of Kyrgyzstan selected teachers for participation in the seminar.
25 teachers from 5 regions of Kyrgyzstan representing different nationalities took part in the seminar.
The Seminar in Bishkek for teachers was the first, like “try-out” one. Its aim was, firstly, explain the teachers the necessity of studying Holocaust in order to bring up tolerance, and, secondly, give necessary information about Holocaust. Methods of teaching were also addressed during the seminar.
Tutors from the EAJC delivered eight lectures: “Teaching Holocaust in schools: concepts and forms”, “From Nazism to the Catastrophe”, “A person during the Catastrophe. Resistance. Righteous”, “Didactic aspects of forming terms “Holocaust”, “Discrimination”, “Tolerance””, “History of Jewish people in the context of global history”, “Xenophobia and tolerance: definitions and terms”, “Holocaust and World War II” and “Religious ethics - a ground for tolerance”. And local lecturer spoke on topics concerning regional issues: “History and traditions of joint residence of nations in Kyrgyzstan”, “Contribution of Jews to development of the region”.
Within the framework of the seminar two roundtables held on issues pertaining to inter-ethnic relations in the region and actual tasks of contemporary teacher. Leading public figures and politicians of Kyrgyzstan together with representatives of Israeli diplomatic corps took part in the roundtables.
Teachers, who took part in the seminar, were quite different by their background. There were teachers from the capital, who had experience in interactive trainings “Debate” and participants of international educational projects, and teachers from rural areas. Partly it made work more difficult, but it wasn’t a decisive factor.
The sessions were in premises of the Charitable Jewish Foundation “Khesed Tikva”, which, indisputably, had positive effect on the atmosphere at the seminar. Participants of the seminar had a chance to get acquainted with Jewish culture, religion and traditions of charity by illustrative examples. Close interaction (almost “unity”) with Jewish culture, on the one hand, made the participants more sensible to understand the necessity of Holocaust studies, and on the other hand, contributed to promotion of tolerance and mutual understanding within the group.

June 29 – July 1, 2004 seminar «Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust” for history teachers in secondary schools was held in Samarkand (Uzbekistan). 36 teachers of different ethnic origins representing Samarkand schools attended the seminar, which was organized by the EAJC, the Ministry of Education of Uzbekistan, Department of education in the Samarkand region, Jewish-Bukharian culture-charitable center of Samarkand. The Ministry of Education of Uzbekistan made a selection of teachers for participation in the seminar.
Like in Kyrgyzstan, it was a kind of “try-out” seminar with the similar tasks and objectives. The only difference were lectures concerning regional issues delivered by local tutors: “History and traditions of joint residence on nations in Uzbekistan and Central Asia”, “History of Jews in Central Asia” and “Uzbekistan. XX century: deportations, social genocide, evacuation”.
Within the framework of the seminar a roundtable held on issues of inter-ethnic relations in the region and actual tasks of contemporary teacher. Officials representing regional and municipal educational departments took part in the roundtable. The teachers also enjoyed a trip through Jewish areas of Samarkand and visited the “Gumbaz” – synagogue of Bukharian-Jews and museum.
During three seminars we prepared the ground art and research work contest on the topic «Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust”, found engaged teachers, who are ready to undertake to continue the project in every region of Uzbekistan.
Every participant of the seminar received methodical materials, book “Beyond comprehension. Theologians and philosophers about Holocaust” and literature published by local Jewish communities.
After the seminar teachers got certificates confirming their participation.
On July 2, 2004 one-day seminar «Tolerance – Lessons of the Holocaust” was held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) for 42 persons: teachers, representatives of national community centers of Tashkent, students of the Open University of Israel. The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and Tashkent Jewish Community Cultural Center organized the seminar.
Tutors representing the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress delivered four lectures: “Origins of great hatred: prehistory of Holocaust”, “Come out from the shades of Auschwitz chimneys: Anti-Semitism after Holocaust”, “Holocaust and Jewish resistance” and “Lessons of the Holocaust and prospects of inter-ethnic understanding and tolerance”. Local tutor’s lecture was “Life in ghetto. Experience of young prisoner”. Representatives of Jewish community and Israeli diplomatic corps in Uzbekistan addressed to the participants with welcoming speeches during the opening ceremony.
Concepts and programs of forthcoming study and methodological seminars adjusted to historic, inter-faith and international features of the regions were developed in cooperation with Jewish communities of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova.
New application to the Claims Conference, which objective is more precise study and teaching of Holocaust in 10 states of the CIS, was prepared and submitted. The application will be considered in December 2004.
As the JDC office in Jerusalem breaking previous agreements changed the system of accepting report that caused the stops in money reimbursement and the implementation of the program was temporary frozen.

5. Program Children camp «Sources of Tolerance».
In August 2004 an international and interethnic three-week summer camp for children "Sources of
tolerance" was carried out in Odessa (Ukraine). 160 children and 50 tutors, psychologists and teachers representing 15 national communities of Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, including, Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish, German, Polish, Moldavian, Armenian, Crimean-Tatar, Bulgarian, Greek, Rumanian, Hungarian took part in the seminar. Unique concept of the camp get children acquainted with national traditions of each other, but also to live each day in different ethnic traditions.
Preparations to the camp were made together with Jewish communities of Moldova and Byelorussia.
Within the framework of the program several seminars for tutors of the summer camp for children. Schedule of the seminar included analysis and summarization of the summer camp results, discussion on development of the project, action plan for 2005 and psychological trainings.

6. Program "Euro Asian Committee on restitution".
6.1. Section "Communal property objects detection and recording" (res. prof. Genrikh Filvarov).
Work on specification of the lists and records of Jewish communal property was carried out in line with work on description of buildings and structures that belonged to the Jewish communities before. 75 passports on objects of formerly Jewish property in Ukraine and Byelorussia were completed and prepared for further processing. 24 passports on objects of formerly Jewish property in Ukraine worked out for the World Jewish Restitution organization. Database on the objects of Jewish property was updated, verified and developed.

7. Program «Help to small communities».
1-th quarter of 2004. Allocation the grant from Jewish Community of Georgia for the program “Tolerances – the Lessons of the Holocaust teaching the Holocaust history in the institutes of higher education of Georgia”. This program is continuation of the program “Tolerances – the Lessons of the Holocaust teaching of the history of the Holocaust in the secondary schools". In its framework were organized two seminars for teacher and pupils of the secondary school and also competitions of children’s art works.
2-nd quarter of 2004. On the request of Ajar Jewish community Chairman Emil Krupnik received an allocation for hot lunches program for poor members of community.
Mr.Semen Shoikhet, president of the AJOCM, and Mr.Leonid Levin, president of the UBJCO, the EAJC General Council members received an allocation for the travel expenses of children from Jewish communities of Belarus and Moldova to Crimea.
3-rd quarter of 2004. International summer camp for children “Sources of Tolerance” was organized in Ukraine in August 2004. Teachers and youth from different national communities from Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine took part in the camp.
Mr.Semen Shoikhet, president of the AJOCM, and Mr.Leonid Levin, president of the UBJCO, the EAJC General Council members received an allocation for the travel expenses of children from Jewish communities of Belarus and Moldova.
Mr.Emil Kalo, the EAJC General Council member, president of the “Shalom” Jewish Society of Bulgaria, Jewish Community of Bulgaria received an allocation for renovation of Jewish day school in Sophia.
Mr.Leonid Levin, the EAJC General Council member, president of the UBJCO received an allocation for construction of a memorial to 1137 Jews of Gorodei, who were killed by Nazis during World War II.
Second World Congress of Litvaks (Jews natives of Lithuania) was held in Vilnius (Lithuania) in August 2004. Leaders of the EAJC provided financial support for organizational and security needs for the Forum in Vilnius.
The EAJC provided financial support to participants of various events representing the countries of the EAJC’s activity to reimburse travel expenses at the 5-th International festival-seminar “Klezfest in Ukraine”, Annual International Scholar Conference “Jewish Culture in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe”, Kievsko-Proskurovskaya (Khmelnitskaya) summer school on Judaic for students and post-graduates from the CIS and Baltic countries (in cooperation with “Sefer” center and International Solomon University).

4 –th quarter of 2004. On the request of the EAJC General Council member Rimma Golovina Jewish Cultural Center of Tashkent (Uzbekistan) received an allocation for their program activities.
Since from 2002 with the aid of the EAJC the newspaper “Magen David” of Jewish community of Armenia is published monthly. On request of General Council member and chairman of Armenian Jewish community Rimma Varzhapetian the grant for publication of the newspaper was given for 2004.
In order to cover transport expenses for participants in different activities – representatives of different Jewish communities-members of the EAJC member was provided a support in order to held Crimean autumn school on such topics as Judaic for pupils from CIS countries. (Together with center “Sefer” and International Solomon University”.).

8. Matzoth for the Jewish communities
In March – April 2004 the Matzoth was purchased and delivered from Kiev to Jewish communities of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan and Central Asian states. Program directorate coordinated the matzoth production and delivery to the abovementioned states. It was intended to provide needy members of the communities with matzoth free of charge. Jewish Community (JC) of Azerbaijan received 2,500 kg, JC of Armenia – 800 kg, JC of Belarus – 4,000 kg, JC of Georgia - 2,500 kg, JC of Kazakhstan and Central Asia – 14,000 kg., Moldova – 2,200 kg, JC of Russia – 36,000 kg and JC of Ukraine – 15,000 kg

9. International Conference “Sefer”.
On February 2-5, 2004 Moscow hosted the Eleventh Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference of Judaic Studies "Sefer". The EAJC reimbursed travel and dwelling expenses for the participants from the CIS countries.

10. Corporate style.
Within the framework of the program calendars for 5765 with synagogues of Eurasia, Australia, New Zealand and the EAJC’s symbolic were designed and produced.

11. Leaders’ seminar.
Second leader’s seminar took place in Kiev (Ukraine) on June 2-6, 2004. Its objective was to create the ground for the fruitful dialogue between young community leaders in post-soviet space and Israel, and to strengthen the cooperation between Jewish leaders in all spheres.
Young Jewish activists representing Belarus, Moldova, Russian and Ukraine participated in the seminar.
Schedule of the seminar included several blocks. Psychological block included such topics as: “A conflict and its components: positions, interests, criteria, perception of an opponent and projection phenomenon”, “Destructive behavior in a conflict, cooperation”, “Intermediation in a conflict”, “Intercultural communication. Cultural codes.”… Block of lectures included: “What does it mean – a community? Types of communities – past and present”, “Models of communal life – Europe, Russia, America, Israel. House, exile, Diaspora” and “The East and the West”, “Community as a system” and “Inter-community contacts – development of tolerance”, lectures-discussions on the topics: “Boiling Pot” and “Religion and culture”, “Jewish Community in the context of inter-ethnic relations” and “Defending peace. Jewish people between the God and Human”.
Special attention was paid to project management and fundraising. During the previous seminar of this series (December 2003) the participants were proposed to discuss projects for the communities. Tutors get a lot of ideas from the participants. A project contest is planned for the next seminar; the best project will receive an allocation from the EAJC.
On December 2004 seminar for leaders in Georgia was held. 20 participants from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia worked on the seminar. The same seminar was held in Kyrgyzstan on 23-26 of December where participated people from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The main work was concentrated on the psychological leadership training (“Leadership, its styles”, “ Values and motivations of Jewish Leaders”, “Leader and its team. Effective influence”, “Team work. Choosing leaders”, “Techniques of negotiations: attacking the problem and not an opponent”, “Technique of negotiations: analysis of interests, choosing mutually beneficial materials” and so on.).
The lectures were delivered on the following topics: “Old and New forms of Jewish identity”, “Structure of the Jewish World”, “Jewish community (systematic approach)” and “International and inter-ethnic dialogue of Jewish communities”, “Absorption of the last wave of aliyah and its leaders”, “Soviet and religious population of Israel - conflict or dialogue”, “Communal economics in Israel”. Also a round table “Israel and Jewish communities in CIS countries” was organized. As nowadays the activity of Jewish communities depends on leader ability to provide financing for the community so the participants studied basic project management and fundraising.
It is planned to carry out 4 seminars in the framework of this program. Final seminar will take place in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

12. Program on Jewish demography.
Demographic research based on the results of Ukrainian population census was completed due to the support of the Congress and the JDC (Ukraine).


Josef Zissels,
Chairman of the Vaad of Ukraine