Alexander Kovtun is like a stereotypical Jewish boy, a lawyer by profession (twice) and a rabbi by mission. I was born and grew up in Krivoy Rog (Dnipropetrovsk region). I have four higher degrees. I love to teach, but more I love to learn. A rabbinical student at Abraham Geiger College, a master's degree at School of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam. My hobbies: Jewish Haggadah and midrash, also world mythology.
Did you know that the oldest mention of the city of Kiev ever found was written in Hebrew? The Hasidic movement originated and developed in Ukraine along with Baal Shem-Tov, Nachman of Bratslav, and many others. In 1900, 1 in 4 Jews in the world lived in what is now Ukraine, making it the largest Jewish country in the world. In 1917, Ukraine was the first country to issue coins and banknotes in three languages: Ukrainian, Russian, and Yiddish. Ukrainian descendants founded modern Israel (Golda Meir, Moshe Sharet, Levi Eshkol, etc.) ... But what happened and is happening to Ukrainian Jewry after the collapse of the USSR and today? Let's talk about this and more as part of our lecture.