Preservation of Jewish heritage (Chernivtsi)
Description: Chernivtsi is a city in Western Ukraine, famous for its history, architecture and multi-ethnic community. Before WW2 the city had large Jewish community, which played an important role in the development of the city. During WW2, Jewish population was greatly decimated by deportation and murder. Of those left alive at the end of the war, most emigrated. The Jewish cemetery, founded in 1866, is now the only obvious monument to once large Jewish community, it is one of the biggest historic Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Ukraine. The aim of the project is to contribute to preserving the cemetery. 2017 is the 10th anniversary of this workcamp!
Type of Work: As this year is special 10th year of the workcamp, we would like to make something memorable during the project. That's why we invite volunteers who are experienced in video making. If you want to contribute to the anniversary other way please write us how :) We are open for nice and creative ideas!
But! The main task of the workcamp is clearing the cemetery of vines and bushes, possibly some simple restoration work.
Study Theme: The culture and history of the region and city, with an emphasis on the various ethnic minorities. Several thematic excursions could be organized - to Chernivtsi university (UNESCO world heritage site), former Hasidic residence and cemetery, guided tour "Jewish Chernivtsi", visit to Jewish museum, meetings with local NGOs and synagogue. This camp is part of the No-More-War campaign of SCI, which highlights pacifism and non-violence, see www.no-more-war.net
Accommodation: In the students dormitory. Volunteers will cook for themselves. Bring a sleeping bag.
Language: English, local languages - Russian, Ukrainian
Approximate Location: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Notes: The project will take place in the west of Ukraine, more than 1000 km away from the eastern regions of the country. During the previous years the situation was peaceful and safe here, no mass protest actions or violence took place. We organized several international activities in the West of Ukraine in spring and summer of 2014-2015 with over 60 participants from all over Europe. Nobody experienced problems during the travel to the project venues or during the activities themselves.
You can read the stories from previous years: http://www.svit-ukraine.org/2015/12/snapshots-from-volunteering-camp-jewish.html
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