The Russia-Ukraine War through the Lens of Jewish History

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The Russia-Ukraine War through the Lens of Jewish History picture

The Russia-Ukraine war has been front page news since it got underway in late February and has included, among other things, scenes reminiscent of World War II, an ongoing humanitarian crisis, concerns about global food supplies, and even questions about potential use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
Join Jewish Theological Seminary of America history professor David Fishman in a discussion of how we can understand the war from the perspective of Jewish history and how the region's history may inform the future.
Dr. Fishman is the author of numerous books and articles on the history and culture of East European Jewry. He also serves as director of Project Judaica, JTS's program in Ukraine, which is based at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy University.

Ukrainian Jewish history has had waves of pogroms and anti-Semitism, including Ukrainian collaboration in the Holocaust, but there have also been periods of friendship and collaboration. With the fall of the Soviet Union (1991), a new chapter in Ukrainian Jewish history began, culminating in the election of Ukraine’s Jewish president Volodymyr Zelensky. What will the future be for Ukraine and its Jews?
And please note:
Do you have any family connections (past or present) in any cities or towns in what is currently Ukraine?
If you are so inclined, please let Gary Rothschild know about your connection to Ukraine, by sending him an email (to with a brief summary (such as city or town your ancestor lived in, and, if known, when and why they left). Gary will compile such information in advance of the program and share it with Professor Fishman.
This program is co-sponsored by The Kol Rina Independent Minyan of South Orange NJ.

Program is via zoom