An 18-month search, a 6-year plan, and a 14-year dream all came to an exciting and emotional end last week when the World Union for Progressive Judaism signed an agreement for the purchase of premises for the Progressive synagogue and community center in Kiev. With this, the World Union has realized its long term strategic plan to build Jewish Progressive centers in the key cities of the region – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk, and now Kiev.
Constructed in 2008, this five-storey building is located in Podol (the city center – and a predominantly Jewish section prior to the Holocaust), and is easily accessible by public transportation. Located on the 4th floor of the building, the planned space will host a prayer hall, the national offices for WUPJ in Ukraine, classrooms, Netzer activity center, library and meetings halls. It also provides enough space to allow for future growth in both numbers and scope of activities.