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International Grants

Wanderings of Israel

Wanderings of Israel

Wanderings of Israel includes a series of international exhibitions held in various cities of Israel, Germany and Ukraine with a planned grand finale in Jerusalem, featuring art-works of Jewish artists of Russian speaking background living today in different countries across the world.

This project has grown from a small local exhibition of three Israeli artists held in Jerusalem Gallery "Skizza" into an artistic and enlightening international project.

GPG and the Ministry of Diaspora have supported the project's debut in Jewish communities abroad. During the fall of 2011, this exhibition became a sensation in Jewish communities in Germany – Cologne, Chemnitz, and Mainz. On October, 2012 the exhibition was in the epicenter of festivities around the opening of the largest Jewish community center in the world - "Menorah" in Dnepropetrovsk, as the first art initiative presented at the newly dedicated Museum of Jewish Memory and Holocaust, which is an integral part of the JCC Menorah.

The Kiev stage of "the Journeys" (November – December 2012) has inspired new partners to support the initiative, and to make the exhibition in Kiev a true hit both for the local Jewish community and wider public.

The Project in Kiev has become a platform for ongoing creative initiatives, open lectures and discussions on Jewish heritage and contemporary issues, facilitating the outreach of assimilated students and serving as an enlightening tool for the exhibition visitors, Jews and non-Jews alike. Lectures and the master classes were delivered by both Israelis and local experts, thus the host community had become an active and indispensable part of the Project.

Wanderings of Israel was supported by the Ministry of Diplomacy and Diaspora affairs, the Embassy of the State of Israel in Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine in Israel, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the Head Department of Culture at Kiev City State Administration, National Ivan Franko Academic Theater, and GPG.

Goals and Objectives

  • Facilitate the development of close ties between Israel and the Diaspora.
  • Strengthen the Jewish identity of project participants and reinforce their ties with the Jewish people.