About the Center

The Center for the Studies of History and Culture of East European Jewry (Judaica Center) is a research, educational, and cultural institution focused on Jewish studies, which works within the structure of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Our mission is to accumulate, develop, and spread knowledge about the past and present of Ukrainian and East European Jewry.

The goals of Judaica Center are:

• the promotion of and support for academic research in the history and culture of East European Jewry;
• the support for teaching Jewish Studies in Ukrainian universities;
• gathering, preserving, and promoting the Jewish heritage of Eastern Europe;
• assisting in the creation of a Jewish Studies library in Ukraine;
• developing academic contacts of experts in Jewish studies with Ukrainian and foreign scholars;
• publication of books and periodicals related to the mission of the Center.

Center’s activities

In accordance with its mission and goals, the Center:
• assists the researchers in coordinating their work in the field of Jewish history and culture, including the organization of and support for conferences, seminars, lectures and exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad;
• contributes to the gathering, description, and actualization of Jewish documentary and cultural heritage: museum collections, archives of Jewish organizations and individuals (politicians, academics, writers, artists, theater and cinema workers etc.), artifacts of material culture, memoirs, folklore records, artworks etc.;
• carries out and supports the publication of monographs, collections of articles, essays, methodological and reference literature, art albums, dictionaries, handbooks etc. in the field of the Jewish history and culture of Eastern Europe.

Since its establishment in 2006, the Center has developed creative contacts with dozens of research institutions, museums, libraries, and communities in Ukraine and abroad; organized dozens of seminars, conferences, and exhibitions; has published hundreds of books highly rated both by the general public and specialists and awarded prizes at various book fairs and festivals.