Annual report 2016

This report can be found (in Russian) at:​

Last year was very fruitful for our organization. The most attention was paid to the implementation of projects related to Jewish education and tolerance education.

This year, the Institute has worked on a number of large-scale projects:

1. Exhibitions

  • Exhibition «Jewish Mansions in Lipki», Kiev. Commissioned by the Jewish agency "Sokhnut-Ukraine". March 2016


  • Exhibition dedicated to the tragedy of Babi Yar. HolocaustMuseum, Houston. September 2016

The exhibition was prepared by the Judaica Institute under the patronage of the SigmaBlazeer Foundation and the Dar Center.
The exhibition consists of eight posters. It narrates about the Jewish life in Kiev over ten centuries, the contribution of the Jewish community to the history and appearance of the city.
It represents the structure of the population of Kiev on the eve of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. The posters tell about the first days of the war, the public moods in the city, the events that led to the massacres. The most noteworthy are excerpts from personal documents, maps and stories of witnesses to the Nazi "murder machine". The exhibition ends with the stories of the "Righteous Among the World" and the stories of those who, thanks to their courage, were lucky enough to survive.

– Exhibition“BabiYar: History and Fates”.GalleryМ17, Kiev.Commissioned bythe International Charity Fund "Babi Yar." September 2017.

The exhibition immerses visitors in the tragic atmosphere of the autumn days of 1941 –the days when the Nazis began destruction of Kiev’s Jews.

Wandering around exhibition installation locations, the visitors watch the peaceful life of the prewar Kyiv being dronedby aircraft bursts and bomb explosions, the space being broken into three tragic roads: to the battle line, evacuation and the occupation, the last defenders leaving Kiev, the German troops entering Kiev on September 19, 1941, the main boulevard Khreshchatyk on fire on September 24 ...

Along with people of Kiev in 1941 the visitors will read the posters plastered around the city. They understand that Jewish families had only one night for arrangements and experience with those who 75 years ago tried to take along what was necessary for the long road to the unknown: no one knew where to and for how long.

And then begins the road of sorrow from the city neighborhood to Babi Yar. Coal, ash mixed with sand ... Is this all that remains of those 33,771 people killed on September 29-30? Or five thousand of those who were shot in the next two days? And those who were shot at Babi Yarover the next two years? Jews, Roma, patients and doctors of the Cyril psychiatric hospital, prisoners of war, members of the OUN ... The answer to this question can only be given bythose who live today.

The Memory space allows each visitor to look into the eyes of the deceased, to say aloud their names, to put a chestnut on the ground –there were a lot of chestnuts in Kiev in September 1941 and they scattered around the streets of Kiev today.

Take a chestnut, say the name of the deceased. Let come true the phrase: "They tried to bury us, but did not know that we are seeds." Let the memory germinate in our minds.In our minds is the desire to know and understand; in our hearts - determination by all means to take care of each other. That soldiers may never kill children.

2. Publication

Digest“Way to the Dream”.  The publication is devoted to the common moments of the history of Ukraine and Israel, to be more precise, people, these moments formative. The digest is a continuation of the "Way to the Dream" project, implemented by the Institute in 2014.

Compiled by Yu. Smilyanskaya, director of the Judaic Institute, and ADEF-Ukraine, 2016.

3. Educational excursions

– Aseriesofexcursionsin educational spaces of the exhibition“Babi Yar: History and Fates”.
September 2016 г.

4. Seminars

– AseriesofseminarsforschoolchildrenandhistoryteachersofKievbasedontheexhibition “BabiYar: HistoryandFates” commissionedbytheInternationalCharityFund “BabiYar”.

– AseriesofseminarsforschoolchildrenofKievbasedontheexhibition “Jewish mansions in Lipki”.

– Aseriesofeducational seminarsfor visitors of the Houston Museum of Holocaust, Houston.

5. Participation of the Institute of Jewish Studies in international projects, seminars and conferences.

- Internationalconference  “Sefer” (Russia, Moscow).

 -International conference “Limud” (Limud, Lvov, 2016)

– Sambation

6. Community programs:

Club "Mnemosyne"(Head  J.Smilyanska).

For over 14 years continues the work of club "Mnemosyne" created in September 2000 in order to enhance the creative potential of wards of the Hesed. Each event is still held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Each member brings the note in a harmonious melody that unites those who came to share their new findings in the archives. Those who brought the information, or wrote his memories of any period of his life, about any street of our city or town of his childhood, and those who are listening and grateful aptly commented on the events. Club members take an active part in organizing the search of documents and photographs, work in archives and libraries, doing research in the field of Jewish life in Kiev since the mid nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century, prepare materials for the meetings of the club, exchange information, record their memories of the events associated with Jewish history of modern times. Club members "Mnemosyne" take part in the archives of the Institute of Jewish Studies programs

7. Internet projects

Website of the Institute of Jewish Studies (hands. E. Zaslavsky) - www.judaica.kiev.uaThe site contains information on the work of the Institute, its publications, programs and projects, as well as a table of contents and text collections of the International Conference on Jewish Studies "Jewish History and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe", the magazine "Egupets" and several other books.It also presents news about the projects and programs of the Institute of Jewish Studies and of certain events in the life of the Jewish community of Ukraine. The site is registered in more than 300 directories and search engines Ukraine, Russia and other CIS countries. Information on this site is regularly updated. Site visitors - more than 2.5 thousand. Per month


Address of the Institute:

Ukraine, 03070, Kiev, Voloska 8/5,

Director of the Institute - Julia Smilyanskaya