Galicia and Bukovina Jewry

About Galicia and Bukovina:

In these two regions in Eastern Europe, large Jewish communities resided for five hundred years prior to the Holocaust. The Jewish community of Galicia and Bukovina is one of the oldest in Central and Eastern Europe. From the beginnings of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the eve of the Second World War, the Jewish communities of what is today eastern Poland and western Ukraine played a major role in the shaping of the general society in which they were situated. The considerable and significant cultural, philosophical, academic and economic impact of these communities can be felt even today.
Their achievements continue to shape the character of the regions in which the Jews of Galicia and Bukovina once lived. In addition, the legacy of the Jews of Galicia and Bukovina have played a major role in molding the nature of both contemporary Israeli society and Diaspora Jewish communities today. In view of the gradual disappearance of members of the founding generation of scholars in the study of the Jewry of Galicia and Bukovina who had amassed expertise in the relevant languages and cultural nuances of the region and the period, this project seeks to promote and rejuvenate research work in that field and to encourage young students to specialize in it.
The project’s ultimate goal is to promote research and expand existing knowledge on the Jewish communities of Galicia and Bukovina from the middle of the 19th century until the eve of the Second World War – on their culture, religious way of life, legacy and significant contribution to Jewish culture and to the Jewish people. Because research activity today in this field is not extensive, the project is focusing on the creation of an infrastructure for collaboration and for the exchange of information between senior and young researchers.



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