Branch of Jewish Agency for Israel will be opened in Lviv

On Monday, July 6, a meeting between Oleg Vyshniakov, the Honorary Consul of the State of Israel in Western Ukraine, and Natan Sharansky, the Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency (“Sochnut”) took place in Jerusalem.

The Honorary Consul was very happy to meet “living legend” in person. Oleg Vyshniakov mentioned that in his young days he listened to Svoboda radio with reports on “prisoner of conscience” Sharansky. Thousands of people all over the world bid for his freedom.

The Honorary Consul offered Mr. Sharansky his assistance in development of cooperation of the Jewish Agency in Western Ukraine. In the building of the Honorary Consulate rooms were provided in order “Sochnut” could functioning there.

Currently, in the building of the Honorary Consulate there is a number of Jewish Communities and Organizations. According to Oleg Vyshniakov, one of the main tasks for the Honorary Consul is to assist the development of Jewish culture and traditions in Western region of Ukraine.

Natan Sharansky and Oleg Vyshniakov discussed current situation in Ukraine as well. They agreed that it is important to develop joint humanitarian projects. According to Mr. Sharansky, strengthening of Jewish self-identification and Jewish education in Jewish Communities in Ukraine are really important issues. “Together with the Honorary Consulate we pay special attention to educational programs. A number of Jewish feasts and events were conducted under the patronage of the Honorary Consulate. Such events facilitate the development of self-identification of young Jews in Western Ukraine”, Mr. Vyshniakov noted.

In the end of the meeting, the Honorary Consul invited the Chairman of “Sochnut” to visit Lviv, which he hasn’t seen for a long time.