UJE Presentations at Limmud FSU NY Legacy (US)

Event date:
May 12, 2017 to May 14, 2017
Event location:
Hilton Westchester, 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, New York

The Ukrainian Jewish Encounter has become a traditional participant in conferences organized by Limmud FSU. This organization aims to revive the tradition of Jewish education and strengthening of the Jewish identity. Limmud FSU’s educational festivals and conferences provide a unique cultural and educational platform for young Jews in the former Soviet Union, Israel, America, Canada, and around the world. Join us for UJE’s presentations at Limmud FSU NY Legacy, held at the Hilton Westchester, 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, New York.

Rhea Clyman: A Forgotten Canadian Witness to the Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33

Friday, May 12, 9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Room 2, (Town of Rye I), Presentation in English

When she was Moscow correspondent for the London Daily Express and the Toronto Telegram, Jewish-Canadian journalist Rhea Clyman in 1932 took a 5,000-mile road trip through Soviet Ukraine and the North Caucasus. Her chilling accounts of a government-induced famine in eastern Soviet Ukraine, known as the Holodomor, and the gulags of the Russian Far East often made the front-page of the newspapers for which she wrote. Clyman was eventually expelled from the Soviet Union and went on to report on Hitler’s Germany.  Through her dispatches and research, Jars Balan discusses the work and life of this extraordinary woman, who emigrated from Poland to Canada at age two, and grew up in Toronto near the corner of Bay and Dundas Streets.

Jews and Ukrainians: What Babyshka Didn’t Tell You

Saturday, May 13, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Room 3, (Town of Rye II), Presentation in English

There is much that Ukrainians do not know about Jews and that Jews do not know about Ukrainians. As a result, Jews and Ukrainians who care about their respective ancestral heritages often view each other through distorted stereotypes, misperceptions, and biases. In a conversation with the audience, Professor Paul Robert Magocsi will shed new light on controversial moments of Ukrainian-Jewish relations and argue that cultural and historical experiences not only divided ethnic Ukrainians and Jews, but also brought them together. With the participation of Natalia A. Feduschak.

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