Yiddish class
Seminar with Dr. Semen Goldin
Guest Lecture by Dr. Arkadii Zeltser
Walk through Jewish Lviv
Excursion to a Mikveh in Lviv
Excursion to Synagogue in Dubno
Jewish Cemetery in Belz

Jewish History and Culture of East Central Europe in the 19th-20th Centuries

Location: Center for Urban History, Lviv, Ukraine
Date: July 2-27, 2012

The summer school strived to encourage interest in Ukraine's multi-cultural past, research in Jewish studies, and the formation of a group of young Ukrainian scholars united by common research interests. The school offered an excellent opportunity for deepening knowledge about Jewish history and culture of East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, learning about the latest research, meeting and consulting with specialists from the leading circles of Jewish studies in Ukraine, Israel, and Poland.

Twenty applicants were accepted to the summer school (advanced students, graduate students, young researchers and teachers, museum curators, guides, and also journalists) from various cities throughout Ukraine.

Over four weeks the participants took three courses in the history of East Central European Jews in the 19th and 20th centuries, courses in traditional and modern Jewish culture, and a separate course on the history of the Holocaust in Ukraine. A 40-hour introductory language course in Yiddish gave participants a solid basis on which they can continue study of the language (in Yiddish programs offered throughout the world), as well as begin their own research in Jewish studies, which requires working with Yiddish-language archival sources.

Participants visited places connected with the history of the Jewish community and its heritage in Lviv, Brody, Zhovkva and other towns of western Ukraine. Also they visited Judaica collection at the Lviv Museum of the History of Religion, existing synagogues in Lviv, and film presentations.

Lecture Courses:

For the summer school program see here.

Video of classes during the summer school


Upon successful completion of the summer school participants received certificates of the courses in Jewish History and Culture; upon passing an examination, certificates of successful completion of the 40-hour Yiddish language course (basic level).



For further information please contact the academic coordinator of Center Dr. Iryna Matsevko, tel. +38 032 275 17 34 or e-mail i.matsevko@lvivcenter.org