Israel Cultural Center in Kyiv of the Israel Embassy in Ukraine held an official opening ceremony of center in new premises on March 16. The Center is actively operating in Ukraine since June 1992. It performs cultural and educational activities.
Israeli diplomatic representatives in Ukraine, scientists, cultural luminary, representatives of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine took part in the ceremony, namely, Sofa Landver, a Member of the Knesset and country's Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Alex Ben Tzvi, Deputy Director General for Eurasia, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eli Belotsercovsky, Israel’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Julia Dor, acting Deputy Director, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister on humanitarian issues.
The first floor was given to highly-regarded Sofa Landver. Mrs. Landver announced that the ceremony hall in a new center was named after Reuven Din-El, Israel’s intelligence officer and a diplomat, country’s ambassador to Ukraine in 2011 – 2014.
“Ruvka was a remarkable person. And what’s the most important is that he was building this country. He was a great man. The hall in his honor in the cultural center of the State of Israel gives people the possibility to touch the state, to show what a glorious state we have, what great people are there on our land, and to show this link of Israel with Ukraine,” stated Mrs. Minister.
Eli Belotsercovsky, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Ukraine, made an accent on the development of culture in his speech.
“One of the most identifying characteristic features of Israel is the respect and weight of the culture for us. The State of Israel puts out so many energies and resources for its development. The basis for the culture is education exactly and the respect for the education and enlightenment. And it is for a good reason that rabbins and people with educations were considered of higher standing and more respected than the people who had money. If talking about the secret of Israel, who we managed to create such a wealthy country – that’s because of love, respect to enlightenment, gaining knowledge and commitment to development of education in our country, and the commitment not only into the education in general, but for every single member of the society for personal fulfillment to the highest extend,” said Belotsercovsky.
Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister on humanitarian issues, told that the centers of Ukrainian culture in Israel are being supported by the government in every possible way, that the Foreign Ministry has a support program of such centers abroad. He also reported that the Ukrainian Prime-Minister Volodymyr Groysman is going to visit Israel shortly and that “the best countries are destined for cooperation – first of all economic, and cultural cooperation may be even more important”.