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Dnipropetrovsk - Ukraine Unveils Large Jewish Center, Holocaust Museum (photos)

Published on: October 17, 2012 09:26 AM
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Visitors walk inside the opened Jewish Menorah Center in Dnipropetrovsk October 16, 2012. The Menorah Center is not only the world's biggest Jewish center but also Eastern Europe's biggest holocaust museum, according to the organizers.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich Dnipropetrovsk - A large Jewish cultural center with a Holocaust museum has opened in Ukraine’s eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk.

The museum occupies almost 3,000 square meters in the 50,000-square-meter Menorah Center.

The complex hosts an Institute for Jewish Culture In Ukraine and a gallery that features photographs of 40 major synagogues in Dnipropetrovsk before the Nazi occupation and video footage about the Holocaust.

The opening ceremony was attended by Jewish leaders from Ukraine, Russia, and other former Soviet republics, officials from Israel, and the president of the Jewish Communities of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Levi Levayev.

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Yuli Edelstein, Israel’s minister of public diplomacy and Diaspora affairs, praised the local authorities and the Jewish community for reviving Jewish heritage and culture in Dnipropetrovsk. He expressed his hope that the new Jewish center will serve the local Jewish community, its children, and its future.

“The real achievement will be when we get here in a year from now, in two years from now, and we will see this place full of kids, full of different Jewish activities, full of different organizations working here,” Edelstein said. “I think that this will be the real answer to what Nazis and communists tried to do to Jewish communities in the Ukraine and in the former Soviet Union.”

Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Matusof of the Brussels-based European Jewish Public Affairs group was also present at the ceremony. He said that Jewish centers in Ukraine would help Jewish communities to fully integrate into European society.
Visitors arrive at the newly opened Jewish Menorah Center in Dnipropetrovsk October 16, 2012. The Menorah Center is not only the world's biggest Jewish center but also Eastern Europe's biggest holocaust museum, according to the organizers.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
“When there is a center like such in Dnipropetrovsk and also in other places in Ukraine where there are striving Jewish communities in terms of buildings and spaces,” he said, “people feel that there is a place where they could come, there is someone they could talk to, there is a meal they could share, there is a place where they could send their children to learn, to be educated better, to have a proper Jewish life, and at the same time living integrated fully in the society with a European perspective.”

Beth Moskowitz from Boston’s Jewish Community Relation Council called the Jewish center’s opening in Dnipropetrovsk a revival of Jewish life in the city.

“We all thought that there would be no Jews here today in 2012,” she said. “And to see the amount of Jews that actually take part in the Menorah center and in the synagogue, in the Golden Rose synagogue, the activities here—it’s hard to believe. I actually think this is the center for Jewish community and the center for thriving and there has been an incredible revival.”
A visitor looks at an exhibition at the holocaust museum inside the newly opened Jewish Menorah Center in Dnipropetrovsk October 16, 2012. The Menorah Center is not only the world's biggest Jewish center but also Eastern Europe's biggest holocaust museum, according to the organizers.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
At least 12,000 Jews from Dnipropetrovsk were killed by the Nazis in 1941.

The Jewish cultural center in Dnipropetrovsk was initiated and financially supported by local businessmen Henadiy Boholyubov and Ihor Kolomoyskyy.



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 Oct 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM Avi613 Says:

Kol hakavod chabad !!

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 Oct 18, 2012 at 03:47 AM Yosef Says:

This is a Chabad center, why no mention of Chabad?

Kol Haomer Bshem Omroy.....

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 Oct 19, 2012 at 01:26 AM beautiful Says:

Yasher koach Rabbi kaminetzsky Chabad shliach to Dnep!!

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