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Grants in the Former Soviet Union

Judaica Collection at the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine

Judaica Collection at the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine

In 2011, the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine received a grant from Genesis Philanthropy Group for a pilot project to describe a portion of the National Library of Ukraine collection on Jewish subjects held by its Judaica Department. The collection consists of books published in the 18th and early 19th centuries by Jewish publishing houses in Ukraine.

The project was carried out by Jewish Studies students from Kiev universities. It included an educational component, which introduced the students to the history of Jewish publishing and library studies. As a result of the project, a portion of the largest Jewish book collection in Ukraine (more than 500 volumes) was made available to the public.

This grant is a part of Grassroots annual competition, organized by Genesis Philanthropy Group and UJA-Federation of New York. The goal of the competition is to discover and support the best local initiatives aimed at the revival of Jewish identity, the preservation of cultural and historical heritage and the development of socially active Jewish communities. 

Goals and Objectives

  • Develop and support interest in the history and culture of Eastern European Jews among high school and university students who attend Jewish schools or are enrolled in Jewish Studies programs at universities.
  • Prepare high school and university students to work with old Jewish books.
  • Compile a full bibliographic description of a portion of the book collection in the Judaica Department at the National Library.
  • Make rare Jewish publications of the 18th and early 19th centuries available to a wide audience of readers.

Current Grants

Past Grants