Professor Wolf Moskovich, UJE Board Member and well-known linguist, recalls his young years spent in the special Jewish environment of Chernivtsi and the role the city played in his future career.
Childhood in a religious family, connection with relatives who built Eretz Israel, Yiddish as the native language, and 13 more languages that the professor speaks and lectures in. This episode also talks about the Jewish history of Chernivtsi and the transition from vernacular to standard Yiddish. At the end of the podcast, Professor Moskovich recites a moving poem by Yuri Stern, a late activist of the Jewish movement in the USSR and member of the Knesset.
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.