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Mr. Meylakh Sheykhet

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L'viv Bureau Director

Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry
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Local Address:  Amarillo , Texas , United States
Union of Councils for Soviet Jews
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW East Tower, 4Th Floor
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Company Description: UCSJ was founded in 1970 as a coalition of local grass-roots "action" councils supporting freedom for Jews of the Soviet Union. As the Soviet Jewry movement...   more

Employment History

  • Activist
    Union of Councils for Soviet Jews
  • Director
    Lviv regional center for preservation the Jewish cultural heritage
  • Ukraine Director
    Union of Councils for Jews
  • Director of the Ukrainian Bureau
    Union of Councils for Jews

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Faina Petriakova's Center for Scientific Research and Preservation of the Jewish Cultural Heritage
  • Director
  • Director
    Ukraine Bureau
24 Total References
Web References
Meet Our Staff - UCSJ, 8 Oct 2015 [cached]
Meylakh Sheykhet, Director, L'viv, Ukraine Bureau
Mr. Sheykhet has been a UCSJ activist since 1986, working to support the revival of Jewish self-identification. He has been UCSJ's L'viv Bureau Director since 2000. He helps monitor antisemitism and xenophobia throughout Ukraine and works to preserve Jewish historical synagogues, cemeteries and items throughout Ukraine. He also is active with UCSJ's Yad-Le-Yad (Hand-to-Hand) program for those in need. He has helped implement projects initiated by the U.S. Department of State's American Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, including establishing the Faina Petriakova's Center for Scientific Research and Preservation of the Jewish Cultural Heritage. Mr. Sheykhet regularly provides research for over 180 Jewish cemeteries and mass graves throughout Ukraine, Poland and Belarus.
Mr. Sheykhet has successfully run two candle lighting ceremonies at the Old Jewish cemetery of L'viv. These have included participants from the US, Israel and Ukraine, the Secretary of the US Embassy to Ukraine and numerous diplomats. He also runs a website for the Jewish Heritage of Ukraine.
Meylakh Sheykhet, Ukraine ..., 14 Jan 2014 [cached]
Meylakh Sheykhet, Ukraine director for the Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union, told JTA that violent, anti-Semitic attacks are rare in Ukraine, occurring on average once or twice per year.
Tags: Breaking News, Dmitry Flekman, Meylakh Sheykhet, WJC, Robert Singer, vaad, Joseph Zissels, Anti-Semitism, Hillel Wertheimer
Defiant Officials in Ukraine Build Atop Jewish Graves –, 12 Feb 2011 [cached]
"This is such a painful disrespect for the Jewish presence in this part of the world," said Meylakh Sheykhet, director of the Ukrainian bureau of the Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union. Half of the city's population before the Holocaust was Jewish, according to Sheykhet. The union brought the case against the local government of Volodymyr-Volynskyi.
Jewish community leaders say local officials are not sensitive to Jewish tradition, which does not permit development atop Jewish graves whether or not they are marked by tombstones. Although much of the land is already developed, Sheykhet said it was done during the Soviet era when his community could do nothing to stop it.
"This is a special precedent," Sheykhet said about the December 17 court decision. "We won because even though the law is very gray we were able to spell out the proper clauses in the Ukrainian legislation to use them for our protection. But Sheykhet said that without intervention in this case by the U.S. preservation commission "we would have zero."
Sheykhet, 47, who has been fighting cemetery desecration for years, said there are "thousands" of disputed plots in Ukraine right now. Sheykhet said he has only managed to win five cases, but his reputation as the guardian of grave sites has grown exponentially.
Contact Us | UCSJ, 20 July 2011 [cached]
Meylakh G. Sheykhet, Lviv (meylach [at] link [dot] lviv [dot] ua)
UNION OF COUNCILS: Who We Are, 3 Dec 2008 [cached]
Meylakh G. Sheykhet, Lviv
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