East and South Ukraine: The Jewish Heritage of Kharkiv, Mariupol and Kherson

Thursday, May 16

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 9:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Over the last two years, the world has learned the names of Ukrainian towns and villages in the East and the South attacked by the Russian troops. Every one of these towns has its unique Jewish history and heritage.

In this third part of our exploration of Ukraine, we will visit Kharkiv, Mariupol and Kherson. We will discuss when and how the first Jews settled in these areas; the special and unique features of the Jewish communities; the story of agricultural Jewish settlements around Kherson; the Karaite community in Kharkiv; Jewish businesses, education, traditions, everyday life, ups and downs, success, and disaster. 

We will cover the most important and interesting details using old and new photographs of towns, synagogues, Jewish families, homes, and more.

About Evgenia

Evgenia Kempinski is a Russian Jew born and raised in St. Petersburg. Her family was originally from the Pale of Settlement - Poland, Ukraine and Belorussia. She has been an official St. Petersburg tour guide for over 15 years and she is the founder and owner of St.Petersburg Jewish Tours - a company offering Jewish travelers a unique experience of showcasing the best of the former Soviet Union and Scandinavia from a Jewish point of view. She currently lives in Haifa, Israel.

With your contribution you will also be donating to The Together Plan, a small charity with a big vision - to put Jewish Belarus and Ukraine back on the world map and help isolated Jewish communities find their voice and learn skills for self-development.