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Built by Lviv Hasidim in 1844, the preservation and revitalization of the Jakub Glanzer Shul is a top priority for the Jewish Cultural Society. (Photo: Nazarii Parkhomyk, 2015)

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A resounding Yes to an intercultural dialogue in Lviv, Ukraine!

The “Yiddish and Intercultural Dialogue Days” festival took place in Lviv between the 13-20 of December 2020. The event was organized by the Sholom Aleichem Jewish Cultural Society and supported by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation with the assistance of the Lviv City Council. Close to 50 participants from Ukraine, Poland, Israel, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States made presentations and took part in the discussions.

The festival has made a wide impact online. So, it will not be an exaggeration to state that this has been an international-level event.

A number of practical and interesting events took place during the “Days”. All of them were brought together by the one word-turned-slogan – “Dialogue” – an umbrella of concepts including things like friendship, initiative, facts, people, association, sense and meaning. The round table conference on preservation of historical heritage has become the central event of the festival.

The conference was opened by Dr. Mark Freiman, a well-known Canadian lawyer and a public figure, with roots from the Galicia region. He is a former Deputy Attorney General of Ontario and served as Honourary Legal Counsel and President of the Canadian Jewish Congress.

Government officials such as Lviv Deputy Mayor Andriy Moskalenko, Mayor of Berezhany Rostyslav Bortnyk and Head of the Directorate of the Lviv City Council for the Protection of the Historic Environment, Lilia Onyschenko, have voiced their thoughts on the topic. Also participating were public figures such as Oleksandr Nazar, Chairman of the Sholom Aleichem Jewish Cultural Society; Andriy Salyuk, President of the “Preservation of the Historical and Architectural Heritage of the City of Lviv” charitable foundation, and Ivan Horodysky – Head of the local branch of the Ukraine Bar Association. 

The topics raised at the round table conference were further explored during the discussion “Krakidaly – the Krakow Suburb: Development of the District”.

How to preserve the former Jewish suburb of Lviv? What are the best strategies for developing the neighborhood today? Markian Kossak, an architect with international experience, has given his thorough answers for these and other questions. In particular, he suggested developing a harmonious plan for future construction projects in the district and establishing a recreational area – a park on the site of the contemporary “Dobrobut” market, connecting Lviv city center with the heart of the suburb – St. Theodore Square.

The facade of the “Jakub Glanzer Shul ” neo-baroque synagogue, a unique cultural monument from mid- 19th century, overlooks the said square. The former Chasidim Synagogue is the only one out of several dozen holy sites formerly located in the Krakow suburb, which has survived the Nazi occupation of Lviv. Its preservation and revitalization is a top priority for the Jewish Cultural Society. Society Chairman Oleksandr Nazar, has emphasized this in his speech.

In his opinion, the synagogue as a “house of meeting” should act as a center of gravity for people and ideas, and be put on the cultural map not only of Lviv, but all of Ukraine and even Europe!

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The “Development of Culture During the Pandemic” conference was opened by Igor Derzhko, philosopher and encyclopedist, and by a gallery owner Pavlo Gudimov. The discussion was joined by Arthur Jacques, Dutch lawyer and a journalist who represented the “The Galician Courier”, Maksym Khodak, founder of the “Hlagoslav” Publishing House, which promotes Slavic and, in particular, Ukrainian literature in the English-speaking world; Olena Kossak, psychologist and marketer, and Andriy Pavlyshyn, researcher, as well as others. Andriy Pavlyshyn also gave a lecture titled “Runa Reitman, creator of the Jewish Republic of Dreams in Lviv.”

Guided tours, workshops and a theatrical performance were all part of the experience during the Yiddish Days. All of the events were broadcasted online, live. The partners of the Days of Dialogue were the Department for Jewish Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University; the “Shofar” newspaper, the oldest Jewish newspaper in Ukraine, and “The Galician Courier”, a Polish-language newspaper in Ukraine.

For Lviv, the pandemic was really a strong shock, because the tourist industry is really important for the economy. Every year about 2 million tourists are visiting Lviv, and we have about 40-50 thousand students – and now universities are also closed. That’s why many businesses have collapsed. It is hoped that the continued promotion of the cultural history of the region will help in the recovery of the local economy when restrictions are finally eased.

Wito Nadaszkiewicz operates a consulting firm in Lviv, and from an early age became interested in the history and culture of the city and the region. For many years he has participated in Jewish organizations and activities and is a member of the Jewish Cultural Society.

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