November 05, 2015 | The Ambasador of Israel to Ukraine visits the "Space of Synagogues"

At the site of the Golden Rose Synagogue and Beth Hamidrash, where work is continuing on the implementation of the project “Space of Synagogues,” Mr. Eliab Byelotserkovski the Ambassador of Israel to Ukraine made a visit. Representatives of the Lviv City Council, the Center for Urban History and the German Organization for International Cooperation (GIZ) detailed how this section of the historic Jewish Quarter, an important site in the history of Lviv, will look as early as next year. Particular attention was paid to the condition of the remains of the “Golden Rose” synagogue, where conservation work is completed at this time. The most imminent tasks associated with the Beth Hamidrash site, including the memorial “Perpetuation” were also outlined.

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Ambassador Byelotserkovski expressed support for the project “Space of Synagogues” and promised to think about how the Embassy of Israel in Ukraine and the Israeli government can contribute to the completion of the project.Sofia Dyak (Director of the Center for Urban History) and Tatyana Khabibrakhmanova (Director of Foreign Cooperation at the Lviv City Council) told the Ambassador of Israel to Ukraine about the completed and planned conservation work being overseen by experts. The Ambassador was also presented with the concept and content of the memorial “Perpetuation,” which shows Jewish life in Lviv before World War II, the Holocaust and life after the Holocaust. The memorial, together with informational boards about the history of the two synagogues, the Beth Hamidrash, and about Jews in Lviv will allow Leopolitans and visitors to learn more about the long and rich history of Jews in Lviv, understand the tragedy of the Holocaust, and create a place of reflection and dialogue with the past for those living today.

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Lenka Voytova, a member of the “Municipal Development and Rehabilitation of the Old City of Lviv” project, implemented by the German Organization for International Cooperation (GIZ) funded by the German government described the condition of the Beth Hamidrash site before work started and showed photographs.Lenka Voytova also spoke about the progress being made on the preservation and delineating the Beth Hamidrash foundations, including the search and use of appropriate materials that will be manufactured and used for the first time in Ukraine.

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The nearly half-hour conversation allowed those present to familiarize themselves with the ideas and changes that are already taking place in one of the most famous places in the history of Jewish Lviv, which for decades was neglected and almost inaccessible. Completion of the project – is part of a complex but important process of awareness of shared heritage and responsibility, both in Lviv and in Ukraine in general.