The intention to hold the Second Kyiv Jewish Forum became known following the meetings of the Presidium and the Supervisory Board of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, which took place on July 15 via videoconferencing. The President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine Boris Lozhkin announced the plans to hold the Forum.
The second Kyiv Jewish Forum will be held online. It is scheduled for the end of the first decade of September. The Israeli media group Jerusalem Post is a partner of the JCU in holding the Forum this year.
The Forum will discuss issues relevant to the Jewish communities around the world: preserving the memory of the Holocaust, the problem of anti-Semitism, life during the coronavirus pandemic and many others. The Forum will pay special attention to the role of Jews in the victory over fascism during the Second World War and the issue of construction of the Memorial in memory of the Babyn Yar tragedy. It will be the 80th anniversary of the massacre of the Kyiv Jews in 2021.
Let us remember that the first Kyiv Jewish Forum was held in Kyiv on May 5-7, 2019 and gathered more than 500 participants from different countries. It became a landmark event in the Jewish life not only for Ukraine but for the whole world.
At the meeting of the Supervisory Board of the JCU, the details of the continuation of the project to perpetuate the memory of the Righteous Among the Nations have been also discussed. The project “The Righteous People of My City”, in which streets, mini-parks and memorials are named after the Righteous – residents of specific cities and villages, was launched in late 2018, and today 22 streets have already been named after the Righteous, 8 more are preparing for renaming, 1 mini-park has been laid down and 5 memorial signs have been installed.
A memorial in honor of the Righteous Among the Nations will be unveiled on August 12 in Melitopol as part of “The Righteous People of My City” project.