An important prerequisite for the development of cultural and humanitarian cooperation between Ukraine and Israel is a presence in the State of Israel about five hundred thousands community of immigrants from Ukraine, including several tens of thousands of ethnic Ukrainians. Significant role in this process plays the fact that there is more than one hundred thousand Jewish community in Ukraine.
The places where prominent Jewish religious and cultural figures were born and lived are of great interest for Israeli citizens. Every year thousands of pilgrims and tourists from Israel visit in particular, the tombs of rebbe Nachman in Uman, rebbe Shneur Zalman in the city of Hadiach of Poltava region and rebbe Shapiro Rabinovich in Mukachiv.
Besides, Israelis visit other places connected with Jewish history and culture in Ukraine. These include, for example, a house in Drogobych, where B.Schultz, a prominent Jewish artist and writer of mid twentieth century, lived; a house in Rivne where a mother of popular Israeli writer Amos Oz lived and which he has described in one of his books; a place in Buchach where an Israeli writer, Nobel laureate Sh.Agnon was born and spent his childhood.
There is an interest to the Ukrainian culture and language in Israel, retained primarily by immigrants from Ukraine. There are also a number of writers who write in Ukrainian language and organize literary evenings. Some Israeli universities have a staff of scientists involved in the Ukrainian studies.
To provide cultural and spiritual needs of the Ukrainian community, the Embassy of Ukraine pays considerable attention to the support of activities of local NGO and organization of immigrants from Ukraine, as well the Association of Ukrainian Writers in Israel, whose existence contributes to the development of cultural and humanitarian ties between the two states, preservation and distribution of Ukrainian culture and language in the State of Israel.
Embassy's diplomatic staff regularly participates in activities, organized by Ukrainian community in different cities of Israel, as well with assistance and under initiative of Ukrainian diaspora cultural events are regularly organized at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Israel.
In cooperation with the Ukrainian organizations Embassy carries out activities to mark memorable dates in the life of our country.
Constant attention is paid by the Embassy to interaction with Veterans and Chernobyl organizations.
Embassy, within the jurisdiction, provides the necessary support to the Ukrainian churches and religious organizations in the development of links with coreligionists abroad.
Nowadays it is a tendency to more intensive cultural and humanitarian contacts between Ukraine and Israel in the field of regional cooperation.
The Embassy is also engaged in conducting exhibition activities.
Periodically the Ukrainian creative teams and performers come with tours to Israel.
The Embassy on the regular basis works with representatives of the funds which are engaged in the Ukrainian issues, of management of the producer companies of a cultural-creative orientation, as well as with local authorities on the specific cultural projects planned for implementation in the State of Israel.
Since October 30, 2012 Ukrainian Cultural Center in the State of Israel has worked in Bat Yam.
Opening of the Center contributed to the strengthening relations with the immigrants from Ukraine and to development of Ukrainian culture in Israel. The Center plays educational and informational role, brings together representatives of different pro-Ukrainian organizations.
There are various cultural and educational events in the Center: concerts, meetings, exhibitions, lectures and so on.
Also, for a period of time UCC served as volunteer activity center where humanitarian aid for Ukraine was collected. Currently, the Center continues to host charity events and other activities in support of the Ukrainian army, IDPs and children.
Ukrainian Cultural Center Address: Nitsana Str., 15A, Bat Yam (Israel).
Information about upcoming events at the Ukrainian Cultural Center is sited on the official website of the Embassy of Ukraine in the State of Israel and on the Embassy's social networking pages on Facebook and Twitter.