The Association of Jewish Organizations and
of Ukraine was created on January 14 1991 and registered by the
Justice Ministry of Ukraine. 265 organizations from 94 cities of
Ukraine come under the VAAD, including 63 religious communities,
56 city communities, 15 social structures, 17 Jewish schools, 55
cultural organizations, 10 associations of prisoners of ghettoes
and concentration camps, 19 youth organizations, as well as 5 associated
The Association is a part of interstate Jewish Confederation - the
VAAD (CIS), the European Council of Jewish Communities, the European
and Eurasian Jewish Congresses, the founder of the Jewish Confederation
invite You to cooperation and joint activity
of Vaad of Ukraine
regeneration of the Jewish community in Ukraine
in the end of 1987-- beginning of 1988, after 70 years interval.
At the present time the Jewish life is presented in more than 80
cities by nearly 250 organizations and communities that are united
into 3 structures: Va'ad of Ukraine (210), Jewish Council of Ukraine
(150), and the Union of Jewish religious communities of Ukraine
(74). Many organizations and communities participate in the activities
of all three mentioned structures.
The Jewish community of Ukraine counts today nearly 550 thousand
of Jews and their families members in more than 130 cities (this
estimation is given accordingly to Israel "The Law of Return").
For the last five years about 200 thousand of Jews have emigrated
from Ukraine (to Israel - 110 thousand; to the USA - 70 thousand).
The total number of Jews emigrated since 1989 is more than 300 thousand
(to Israel - more than 170 thousand; to the USA - more than 100
thousand). The natural decrease of the Jewish population in Ukraine
for the mentioned period approached 50 thousand, due to the exceeding
of the death-rate above the birth-rate.
Having proclaimed the independence in 1991, Ukraine chose an uneasy
way of democratic transformations, social-economical reforms, renounced
the ideological heritage of the soviet regime, including the State
and administrative Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism. Upon the declaration
of the democratic policy, a number of legislative acts were approved
in defense of national minorities' interests and for providing the
legislative conditions for the development of national cultures,
education and religions.
All the main Jewish "umbrella" organizations are officially
recognized by the authorities of Ukraine; cooperate in a number
of programmes with the State ministries and departments. Representatives
of the Jewish organizations often attend meetings at different State
levels, including the highest level. National communities do not
receive for the present any real and concrete help from the State;
there is not the law on restitution; however this is explainable
by the difficult economical conditions and rather complicated internal
political situation in Ukraine.
The interrelations between the main Jewish structures of Ukraine
and the permanent representations of the Jewish Agency, the JDC
and the Israel Foundation for Culture and Education in Diaspora
in Ukraine mainly are normal and working, but not simple sometimes.
The main achievement of the Jewish community of Ukraine for the
last five years is creation of the permanent working professional
communal structures in all the fields of the Jewish life: social
defense and education, culture and religion, Jewish studies and
work with the youth, repatriation and preservation of the Jewish
heritage, information, etc. For five years period all the mentioned
programmes as well as many others, from separate amateur actions,
have turned out to be a serious professional work. All current professional
structures render their services to the Jews of Ukraine mainly free
The partners of Va'ad of Ukraine in creation and support for the
professional services were and still are the European and the World
Jewish Congresses, the JDC, the Israel Foundation for Culture and
Education in Diaspora, the L.A.Pincus Fund, Rich Foundation, Kamings
Foundation, Foundation in Support of Jewish Communities' Development,
the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Jewish Foundation
for Christian Rescuers, ICRDJC "Tkhiya", the JCU, etc.