UJE’s books at ASEEES conference in Boston

UJE co-director Alti Rodal (left) and UJE board member Paul Robert Magocsi with publications they wrote and edited.

The growing list of books published with the support of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter were displayed at this year’s convention of The Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), held in Boston from 6-9 December 2018. The volumes were part of a larger exhibit of Ukraine-related books displayed at a booth hosted by Harvard University’s Ukrainian Research Institute.

UJE’s display included three award-winning books and one that is part of a renowned long-running series dedicated to the study of Jews and Slavs. Together, these works represent the wide-range of academic study the UJE supports dedicated to Ukrainian-Jewish relations. All of the publications displayed have been published in both the English and Ukrainian languages.

The volumes conference attendees had an opportunity to become better acquainted with were:

  • A Journey Through the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter: From Antiquity to 1914, authored by UJE co-director Alti Rodal. The book, based on a 2015 traveling exhibition, was awarded First Prize for museum exhibit catalogues at the 5th Triennial All-Ukrainian Museum Festival that took place in Dnipro, Ukraine from 18-24 September 2018. The book is currently available in electronic formats on the UJE website. The English-language PDF file is available in reader spreads or single pages. The Ukrainian-language PDF file is available in reader spreads or single pages.
  • Babyn Yar: History and Memory, edited by Paul Robert Magocsi, UJE board member, and Vladislav Hrynevych, Sr., a member of UJE’s academic council. The book was named one of the best books of the Lviv Book Forum in September 2017. The book is available in the Ukrainian language from its publisher, Dukh i Litera.  The English-language version is available in a Kindle edition on Amazon.
  • Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence, co-authored by UJE board member Paul Robert Magocsi and Yohanan Petrovsky Shtern, who is a member of UJE’s academic council. The book won special recognition at the 2016 Lviv Book Forum. The English-language version is available through the University of Toronto Press.  The book’s Ukrainian-language version can be obtained through UJE’s Kyiv office.
  • The Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter: Cultural Dimensions, edited by UJE board member Wolf Moskovich and UJE co-director Alti Rodal. The book is the 25th volume of Hebrew University’s renowned Jews and Slavs series, whose long-time editor is Moskovich.The English-language book can be acquired by contacting him at [email protected]. The Ukrainian-language version is available through UJE’s Kyiv office.

Established in 1948, ASEEES is the world’s leading organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Russia. This year marked the organization’s 70-year anniversary and 50th annual convention.

UJE is grateful to the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute for providing a venue to showcase its rich collection of literature.


Text and photos: Natalia A. Feduschak