Midreshet Yerushalayim
in Ukraine

About the Institute

Established in 1992 by the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Midreshet Schechter sponsors Zionist-Jewish education in Ukraine under the name of Midreshet Yerushalayim, in partnership with Masorti Olami. Its programs reconnect Jews to their heritage in an inclusive and joyous atmosphere; synagogues, schools and summer camps stress Jewish tradition, history and peoplehood, and the centrality of Israel for the Jewish people.

Children and adults from 10 cities
Participants at the teachers’ camp

Regional Synagogues and Community Centers

The Kiev Midreshet Yerushalayim-Masorti Olami Synagogues and Educational Center

Houses a growing dynamic Masorti community led by Israeli emissaries Rabbi Reuven and Lena Stamov. The Center sponsors The Armon Family Education Center, offering a multi-generational educational program for all family members in Hebrew, Jewish tradition, history, literature and Israeli culture.

The Center’s Facebook page is found here:
https://www.facebook.com/masoretinkiev

The Kehillat Aviv Chernowitz Masorti Congregation

Led by Lev Kleiman, provides exciting Jewish intergenerational educational and cultural programs during the week, on Shabbat and for Jewish holidays. The Center’s Facebook page can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/aviv

The Masorti Kehillat Tiferet in Odessa

Led by Ze’ev Waksman, was established in 2015. Its regular programming includes weekly Kabbalat Shabbat program: bi-weekly Havdalah program; holiday activities including study, prayers and festive meals: Jewish Culinary and art classes. Kehillat Tiferet’s Facebook page can be found at link below:
https://facebook.com/tiferetodessa

Other Learning Centers

There is a Hebrew/Sunday School in Berdichev. Midreshet Yerushalayim also oversees Jewish studies for the 125 pupils at the Sha’alavim Lyceum Jewish Day School in Kharkov.

National Programs

The two-week Ramah-Ukraine Summer Teenage Camp and one-week Family Summer Camp for some 250 children and adults from 10 cities throughout the Ukraine presents a joyous and welcoming experience in Jewish living in a fun-filled outdoor environment. The daily schedule at Ramah Yachad combines informal Jewish education, cultural programming and sports/recreation, which reinforces the children’s Jewish identity as well as their connection and identification with the State of Israel. In the Family Camp, Jewish traditions are taught in a fun and meaningful environment in order to facilitate their implementation in the family and to attract new families to the kehillah. The warm, welcoming and almost magical atmosphere forever changes lives and shapes personal and Jewish identities.

Events

Yuri Amir Radchenko

Director of the Center for Inter-Ethnic Relations in Eastern Europe; Jewish activist in Kiev and Kharkov

I would be honored to serve the Jewish community of Kharkov and I am convinced that Conservative Judaism – the middle way – best suits the spiritual needs of the vast majority of this city’s Jews.

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