Canada’s 2013 Parliament Education Forum

The UNF Ottawa-Gatineau branch, together with the Paul Yuzyk Institute For Youth Leadership, announce the second annual Canada’s Parliament Education Forum — a unique educational leadership forum to in Ottawa November 20-24, 2013. Want to learn about our government, how it works, and what YOU can do to get involved to make a difference in […]

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The Last Klezmer

One of Galicia’s few klezmer musicians to survive the Holocaust was Leopold Kozlowski. Known as the last klezmer of Galicia, he is a passionate promoter of klezmer. Now 95, he lives in Krakow, Poland where he teaches klezmer to non-Jewish students. Klezmer is a traditional Jewish non-liturgical music with roots in Galicia. Like other folk […]

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James Temerty – Founder of Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE)

James Temerty is a distinguished Canadian entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist, and founder of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter. Well-known and respected for his vision, initiative and servant leadership, James Temerty has received many honours for his achievements. He was born in the Donbas region of Ukraine during WWII. His parents were deported to Germany as […]

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Book Review: Crossing the Border by Ksenia Rychtycka

Audio review and interview with Myra … as heard on Nash Holos August 11, 2013 Anthology explores realities of memory and today’s Ukraine Review by Myra Junyk Crossing the Border, Ksenia Rychtycka’s first anthology of short stories, explores the lives of Ukrainians in Ukraine and in other countries. Her poignant stories focus on family relationships, […]

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Yom Kippur in Ukraine

In the Jewish faith, Yom Kippur is known as the  Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur, or Soodny Den’in Ukrainian, is the holiest and most solemn day of the year for Jews, as the focus is on atonement and repentance. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days … or in Hebrew, Yamim Nora’im, meaning “Days […]

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Book Review: Bequest by Anna Shevchenko

Bequest is the first novel by Ukrainian-born British writer Anna Shevchenko. It is April 2001, and two people separated by thousands of miles are both exploring an 18th century legend claiming that Hetman Polubotko hid a vast fortune of Cossack gold (estimated to be worth 270 billion pounds) in a London bank.  There are two […]

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Book Review: Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell

Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell is a novel set in Willow Creek Alberta in 1938. The story revolves around two Ukrainian immigrant families and the hardships they faced in settling and farming land on the Canadian prairies. After being imprisoned for over two years for stealing grain, Teodor Mikolayenko arrives home. Unable to […]

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Synagogue in Zhovkva

Zhovkva is a beautiful and extraordinary town located 25 kilometers from Lviv … an easy day trip away. From its earliest days, Zhovkva’s population was a mix of Poles, Ukrainians and Jews. Today the towan’s architectural, historical and cultural diversity make it popular with tourists. More than 27,000 visited last year. Zhovkva was founded in […]

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