The Jewish Community of Ukraine and the Current Crisis

Date: Mar 02, 2022

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Category: Online Learning Public Lectures & Events

A update on the situation with Dr. David Fishman, Professor of Jewish History and Director of JTS’s Project Judaica in Kyiv, joined by JTS senior rabbinical student Alisa “Tzipi” Zilbershtein

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET

There are between 50,000 to 100,000 Jews in Ukraine and together they make up a vibrant, multifaceted community. Now, with the Russian invasion, that community is in crisis. Our speaker will be JTS’s Dr. David Fishman, an expert on Ukrainian Jewry, who will analyze the state of the community as it deals with unfolding events. In addition to teaching modern Jewish history, Dr. Fishman directs JTS’s Project Judaica, which runs an academic program in Jewish Studies in Kyiv and publishes guides to Jewish materials in Russian and Ukrainian archives.

Professor Fishman will be joined by senior JTS rabbinical student Alisa “Tzipi” Zilbershtein, who was born in Russia and now calls Kyiv, Ukraine, her home. Alisa, who has friends and family in the region, is dedicated to serving the Jews of the Former Soviet Union and to the revival of Judaism in Eastern Europe, and she plans to return to Ukraine after her ordination this May.

Zoom link will be sent with registration. The session will be recorded. Please register for information on how to access the recording.

About David Fishman

David E. Fishman is a professor of Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in modern Jewish history. Dr. Fishman also serves as director of Project Judaica, JTS’s academic program in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), which is currently based at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy University. He also directs the project’s Jewish Archival Survey, which publishes guides to Jewish archival materials in the FSU. Read more