On March 28, 2019 the Ukrainian Institute of America in collaboration with the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter organized a discussion of “Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence” with Prof. Paul Robert Magocsi, Board Member, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter; Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto and Adrian Karatnycky, Co-Director and Board Member of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter. It took place at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York.
The event was sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America and the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, focused on a lecture by Dr. Paul Robert Magocsi on the book Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence, which he co-authored with Dr. Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern. The discussion was moderated by Adrian Karatnycky.
The lively two-hour lecture and discussion touched on a number of important issues related to how ethnic Ukrainians and Jews from Ukrainian lands view each other. These issues have provided a complex yet fascinating framework for understanding the development of that relationship over the centuries.
Professor Paul Robert Magocsi shed light on controversial issues in Ukrainian-Jewish relations, including questions of anti-Semitism, and argued that cultural and historical experiences not only divided ethnic Ukrainians and Jews, but also brought them together.