On October 25, 2018 in the Column Hall of the Kiev Mayor’s office traditional annual reception of Righteous Gentiles, Righteous Gentiles of Ukraine and of Babi Yar – Mayor’s reception took place. The tribute was paid to the people, who risking their lives and the lives of their beloved ones, were rescuing Jews during the Second World War.
The event was organized by Kiev City State Administration and ACF “To You” (2U) in partnership with the JCU and Kyiv City Jewish community (KCJC).
The ceremony was attended by representatives of authorities, foreign embassies, local and international Jewish organizations, religious leaders
Among guests there were Kiev City Mayor Vitaliy Klychko, British Ambassador Judith Gough, Permanent Deputy of German Ambassador Wolfgang Biendseil, Ambassador of Poland Yan Peklo, Israeli Consular Felix Gurvich, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Moshe Reuven Asman, Jewish Council of Ukraine President Olexander Suslenskiy, ACF 2U Board Chair Julia Goldenberg, businessman and philanthropist Olexander Loifenfeld, KCJC Executive Director Anatoliy Shengait, representatives of the local and international NGOs. And of course Righteous Gentiles and their leader Sophia Yarovaya.
Classical music and warm wishes to Righteous accompanied the event.
ACF “To You” expresses its gratitude to all those who made this event possible:
– Kiev City State Administration (KCSA);
– Kiev City Jewish community;
– The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) & Kyiv Hesed;
– Olexander Loifenfeld;
Until next year….