On 29 January 2023, the Sholem Aleichem Museum in downtown Kyiv hosted the award ceremony of the All-Ukrainian Children's Drawing Contest "Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter: We are from Ukraine — 2022". An exhibition of the contestants' works was opened there the same day.
For the second consecutive year, the Contest was held among high-school students in Ukrainian schools, gymnasiums, and lyceums. The Contest aims to deepen the participant's understanding of the breadth, complexity, and diversity of Ukrainian-Jewish relations over the centuries with a view to the future, enabling a better understanding of shared historical experiences as well as fostering a tolerant and aware attitude towards interethnic relations.
In 2022, high-school students from different parts of Ukraine and abroad participated in the Contest. A professional international jury was formed to evaluate the works and select the winners.
The winners were awarded cash prizes from the Contest's organizer — the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, a Canadian charitable non-profit organization. All other participants received valuable prizes from UJE: books on Ukrainian-Jewish relations and certificates of participation.
The exhibition, which was open from 29 January to 25 February 2023, attracted considerable attention among Kyiv residents and visitors.
Vladyslav Hrynevych, Jr.
UJE Regional Manager, Ukraine
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Ukrainians and Jews have lived as neighbours for centuries, creating and sharing enduring cultures that continue to inform their identities today. Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE) is proud to present Part 1 of an integrated narrative of these two peoples in the belief that there is much to be gained by viewing their historical experience together, in all its complexity.
As Ukraine defends its very existence against Russia, the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter Timeline serves to counter the malicious and false narratives about Ukraine and its history. The Timeline demonstrates that Ukraine is home to diverse peoples and, for centuries, one of the world’s oldest and largest Jewish communities.
The 'Encounter' prize aims to build on the common experiences of Ukrainians and Jews over the centuries, expressed in literature and nonfiction. The Prize will be awarded annually to the most influential work in literature and nonfiction (in alternate years) that fosters Ukrainian-Jewish understanding, helping solidify Ukraine's place as a multi-ethnic society and giving truth to the motto, "Our stories are incomplete without each other."
The goal of the richly illustrated catalogue is to present an integrated narrative that looks at the experience of these two peoples together, in all its complexity — through periods of crisis, as well as long stretches of normal co-existence and multifaceted cultural interaction from antiquity to 1914.