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The Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE), a privately organized multinational initiative launched in 2008 as a collaborative project to promote deeper mutual comprehension and solidarity between Ukrainians of Jewish, Christian and other heritages. It is based in Toronto and engages scholars, civic leaders, artists, governments and the broader public throughout Ukraine, Israel and the diasporas.
Recently UJE organized a conference in Ukraine on propaganda and genocide, which I was able to attend thanks to the organization’s generosity. UJE organizes many conferences that facilitate broader dialogue and understanding, as well as public education projects.
One such project is an exhibition entitled A Journey Through the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter: From Antiquity to 1914, which was created by UJE and co-funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The multi-media travelling community exhibition premiered in Toronto at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre in Vaughan in May and is currently on display at the Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre in Winnipeg, where it opened on Monday, June 15, 2015.
Alti Rodal, Co-Director of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter Initiative, kindly agreed to tell Nash Holos listeners about this innovative exhibit.