The Ukrainian Jewish Encounter's Ukraine office continued activities throughout 2022, despite challenging conditions created by Russia's criminal war against Ukraine.
Awarding the winners of the All-Ukrainian youth drawing competition "Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter: Our stories are incomplete without each other" — 2021 was an important project for the office. Additionally, an exhibition of the works of competition participants was held. Looking forward to the future, the office announced next year's competition, titled "Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter: We are with Ukraine" — 2022". Announcing winners and displaying participants' works is planned for the beginning of 2023.
The Ukrainian office also held two presentations on "Ukraina Redux: Statehood and National Identity." Author Paul Robert Magocsi, UJE board member and director of Ukrainian studies at the University of Toronto (Canada), discussed the book when he visited Western Ukraine in the summer.
An essential part of the office's work in 2022 was participation in historical, cultural, and book festivals, cooperation with state authorities, public organizations, book publishers, mass media, and diplomatic missions of other countries in Ukraine. Over 800 books, published with UJE's support, were distributed.
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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 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.
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.