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WINTER FAMILY CAMP

Game joined generations together
Game joined generations together
Young artists
Young artists
Pictures of Art School artists
Pictures of Art School artists
Sketch
Sketch
Parent's Chorus
Parent's Chorus
Young Club "Alef Daag"
Young Club "Alef Daag"
Photo by Vladimir Semchuk

  One more camp, this time winter camp has finished its work. 47 families (122 people) spent 5 days off in sanatorium "Kazakhstan" - one of the best and the most comfortable places in Almaty for children and adults to rest. A swimming pool, gymnasium, special features of Jewish cuisine, all this created the necessary prerequisites for a good rest and family health invigoration. In addition 5 camp days gathered the incredible diversity of educational, sport and art programs.

  Let's try to remember what families did between 2 and 7 of January 2001.

  Young artists studied in the art school managed by Eleonora Meerson. Look at them! How their faces shine with joy! How colorful are their pictures!

  And if in summer camp they took their first steps in familiarization with "Jewish" theme, now they are trying to find the sense , grow accustomed with Torah's characters. Classes of Golovina and Kats help them a lot in it. According to oral Torah tradition, children listen to their teachers, think and discuss what they have heard.

  The completion phase is dramatization of what passed. On 3rd and 4th of January the themes of the Torah were "Birth of Moses", "Moses and Egyptian", "Moses and Justice" and many others. These sketches were done by children themselves and with the teacher's help.

  Chorus of grandfathers, grandmothers and parents sang for their children and grandchildren. They sang songs in Hebrew and Yiddish: hymn "Atikva", "Ose Shalom", "Kine ma tov", "Lomer alem" and "Tumbalalaika". There was a very interesting acquaintance evening. Families were coming on stage one after another. A sheet of paper was presented to every child, he/she torn it into pieces, using only one hand. According to the quantity of the pieces, children had to say the best things about their families and after that to perform a trick.

  Roma Dotsenko, who torn a sheet of paper into 14 pieces, won this competition. And when he did not have enough compliments for his family, the public helped him

  The concert items were wonderful, and they helped families to bring together. Thus, Nedlin, Boguslavskiy, Dubrov-Utegaliyev and Nazaraliyev families united into Jewish Family Association (JFA) and every family performed its own variation of "Hava nagilu".

  Anna Belova (who is only 5) a participant of the Camp Program and her companion client of Hesed, Boris Khmelnitskiy caught up the idea of community interests of generations. After the concert, in the wings Boris Isaakovich confessed that he took an active part in the concert program only because that girl inspired him. Newly made duet performed chastooshki, and the young talented girl got a title of Honored Artist of Hesed.

  In summary some interesting statistics: the number of families-participants of winter camp increased from 30 to 47 in comparison with summer camp. The number of participants increased from 105 to 122. Children were divided into 4 age groups. 5 children leaders and 9 volunteers helped Program managers from Jewish Community Center in Almaty, Hesed Polina in organizing camp.

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