In the lobby of a local hotel where more than 600 participants had gathered for Limmud FSU, an annual festival of Jewish heritage in Eastern Europe, he described the “terrible chutzpah” of city officials here.“They don’t respect the Jewish right to own the gravesite and the historical heritage,” he said.“They say they want the Jewish people to pay for them to leave (the market).
This is very embarrassing for the Jewish people.”For the three days of Limmud FSU conference, Lviv’s Jewish community captured the attention of city hall.
In most cases, treatment of these sites is a local issue and therefore at the whim of local authorities to adjudicate.“In some cases it’s apathy, in some cases it’s worse than that, and in some cases it’s better,” said Yaakov Dov Bleich, Ukraine’s chief rabbi.
A city official spoke at a panel with Eli Belotsercovsky, ambassador to Ukraine and Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi addressed the conference’s opening ceremony.“I want you to have all your conferences here in Lviv,” he said.
“We love (the Jewish community) and we wish you only positive and good things.”In the course of the conference, city officials inspected a site where a group of prewar Jewish residents emerged from 14 months of hiding in Lviv’s sewer.
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LIMMUD FSU founder Chaim Chesler (left) sits with Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi (center) and Ukraine Ambassador Eliav Belotserkovsky at the organization’s conference in Lviv, Ukraine.
"I told my congregation to leave the city center or the city all together and if possible the country too," Rabbi Azman told Maariv.