Kiev conference 370.
(photo credit: Sam Sokol)
The Jewish money changer with the long, beaked nose is hunched over, his intense
gaze aimed at the piles of coins on the table before him, his expression intent.
Walking the streets of downtown Kiev one evening during the course of the 2013
Kiev Interfaith Forum, a recently established annual conference organized by one
of the leaders of the local Jewish community, I stumbled upon this Jewish-themed
restaurant. A large neon sign in the shape of a bearded hassid illuminates the
storefront, while the aforementioned statue of a money changer graces the front.
In the entry corridor, frescos of Jews, including a caricature of a
confused-looking Orthodox man with long side-curls and a gigantic hook nose,
grace the walls.Welcome to Ukraine.