Yesterday, high school students from Lutsk in the Volhyn region of northwest Ukraine took part in a special field trip as part of ESJF’s project to spread consciousness about the rich Jewish heritage of the region.
When protecting Jewish cemeteries, fencing is only the beginning. For long-term preservation, the most vital factor is the participation of local people, and spreading the message that the Jewish heritage in their towns and villages is a key part of their own Ukrainian heritage as a whole.
The programmes encourage a dialogue, teaching about Jewish practices and examining the way they fit into the rich tapestry of cultures and religions that call these regions home.
Students were led on an excursion to the old synagogue in Ostroh, as well as the local Jewish cemetery.