Canadian philanthropist donates $1.2 million to Lviv Catholic University

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Nov. 13, 2011, 8:52 p.m. | Lifestyle — by Kyiv Post Staff

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TORONTO – James Temerty, a prominent Canadian businessman and philanthropist, has donated $1.2 million to fund Ukrainian-Jewish interfaith relations at Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU). The major gift was announced by Borys Wrzesnewskyj, a former Canadian parliamentarian, on Nov. 12 in Toronto after a meeting with the university's rector, Rev. Fr. Borys Gudziak, who has been traveling throughout North America in an effort to raise funds for the university.

UCU is one of Ukraine’s leading educational institutions. More than 1,500 students are enrolled in full- and part-time study at the Lviv-based university. It houses six research institutes and is the only Catholic university in the former Soviet Union. The university has been a frequent target by government since President Viktor Yanukovych came to power.

Other gifts announced included a $100,000 donation from the Wrzesnewskyj family, a $5,000 gift from the Ukrainian Credit Union Limited, a financial institution founded in 1944, as well as from individual donors.

The Temerty funds will be used to create three endowed professorships at UCU. One will be dedicated to the Ukrainian-Jewish encounter and interfaith relations, another for a program of Jewish studies in the context of Central and East European history, and the third for biblical studies.

Temerty, who was born in Donetsk Oblast and is of Orthodox faith, has been a driving force in opening a dialogue between the Ukrainian and Jewish communities. He is the founder of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, an initiative launched in 2008 to promote stronger and deeper relations between Ukrainians and Jews. Along with his other philanthropic activities, Temerty has made large donations to the Business School of the University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy. Temerty is the founder and chairman of Northland Power, which develops and operates clean and green power generation projects, primarily in three Canadian provinces.
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Anonymous Nov. 14, 2011, 5 a.m.    

Bravo Mr Temerty. A truly exemplary act of outreach across many cultural barriers.

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Anonymous Nov. 14, 2011, 5:59 a.m.    

Not smart to make loud flashy announcements about $$$$ in Ukraine because this will bring out the vultures &amp; hyenas = mafioso types demanding their share of the pie in extortion ---protection &quot;taxes&quot; and other schemes...and then the Satanic Moskal so called Petriarch will want to steal everything he can as usual

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Anonymous Nov. 14, 2011, 6:52 a.m.    

Will this fund even more studies propaganda showing Ukrainians GUILTY of Holocaust and Jews INNOCENT of Holodomor???

Expect more scholarly documentary products like CBS 60 Minutes : &quot;The Ugly Face of FREEDOM&quot; which prove that freedom for Ukrainians is UGLY. Freedom is GOOD and Beautiful for Israel, South Africa and everyone else...even Germany BUT NOT Ukraine! This has to be repeated again and again until everyone becomes so brainwashed about this that it will NEVER be questioned and just be accepted as natural proven fact!

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Anonymous Nov. 14, 2011, 10:51 a.m.    

Good opportunity! Really, I've had enough of this narrow reaction to decent efforts to increase understanding. Let's take it for what it is - a generous donation for a very important cause, as your comment proves; there is still need to move beyond this polarized view of Ukrainian-Jewish relations. Why must one side be &quot;right&quot; and the other &quot;wrong&quot;? It's so tiring to try to prove who suffered more, who is the biggest victim, who's trying to incriminate whom, who's more guilty of perpetuating hate. Let's please put this to rest, and work towards some true rapprochement and nuanced, deeper understanding.

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Anonymous Nov. 14, 2011, 5:06 p.m.    

Finally, a voice of reason! Until now, all I have seen is bickering among Ukrainians. We should grow up a little, put the past behind us, learn the lessons and move into the future!

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Anonymous Nov. 14, 2011, 1:20 p.m.    

I agree with Good Cause below. The Jewish money will ensure that the Lectures will be &quot;Jew&quot; Friendly.

Lets call the Holodomor, a Jewish inspired genocide on Ukrainian peasants. Communism = Jewish meddling in Ukrainian Agrarian freedom.

Hitler called a spade a spade, thatis why Western Ukraine saw Hitler as a liberator from Jews who fed off Ukrainian peasants. Even today the Jewish Oligarchs are stealing again. When will the Germans liberate us again? We'll do a deal, give them half of the Oligarchs wealth. At least then Ukraions will get something!

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Anonymous Nov. 14, 2011, 5:11 p.m.    

Hands off my Ukraine! You are an enemy of Ukraine for saying such things! How can you do that??

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Anonymous Nov. 14, 2011, 4:01 p.m.    

Tabachnik is accused of trying to Russify kindergartens {in UKRAINE}

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Anonymous Nov. 14, 2011, 7:40 p.m.    

&quot;This bill - the goal is Direct Russification of Ukrainian kindergartens in Ukraine! Regions can not make a new law on languages, so now they try to implement similar initiatives that point to systemic Russification -

&quot;Цей законопроект - пряма русифікація дитячих садів! Регіонали не змогли прийняти свій закон про мови, тому намагаються подібними ініціативами впровадити точкову русифікацію, -

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