February 18, 2016 | Consul Oleh Vyshniakov says 'The Space of Synagogues' is a role model for other Ukrainian cities

During his stay in Lviv, the Honorary Consul of Israel in Western Ukraine, Oleg Vyshniakov spent the evening at the Center for Urban History to learn about the project “Space of Synagogues: Jewish History, Heritage, and Shared Responsibility.”

City officials overseeing the project and leaders of partner organizations informed the Consul of the work completed in 2015, sources of financing, and foreseeable challenges for the “Space of Synagogues” team in 2016.

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Oleg Vyshniakov thanked the Deputy Mayor of Lviv Andriy Moskalenko and the leader of the Department of Historic Preservation, Liliya Onyshchenko, because much of the project is financed directly from the city budget. According to the Consul, this project is the first in Ukraine, where a project honoring Jewish heritage is being funded not by sponsors and patrons, but also by the local budget.

Sofia Dyak, Director of the Center for Urban History drew attention to the project’s main motto: “Jewish History in Lviv – a common heritage and responsibility.” According to her, this is the philosophy which governs the participants of “Space of Synagogues.” She also spoke briefly about other initiatives commemorating Jewish heritage in the City: the memorial park “Besoleym – House of Eternity,” and the memorial park “Yaniv Concentration Camp.”

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Project Manager of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Lviv Jürgen Mark Lembcke stressed that the organization he heads supports the project “Space of Synagogues”.

The Honorary Consul of Israel in Western Ukraine Oleg Vyshniakov assured that he is ready to support the project, and promised to distribute information. According to the consul, when “Space of Synagogues” is completed, it will become an “example” for other Ukrainian cities.

The “Space of Synagogues” site was visited by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to Ukraine Mr. Eliab Byelotserkovski, who expressed his thanks and assured project organizers of his support.