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HANUKKAH 2001 IN KARAGANDA CITY

"Hanna's monologue"
"Hanna's monologue"
  Auditorium
Auditorium
  "Hava Nagila"
"Hava Nagila"
  Youth chorus
Youth chorus
  Students and teachers of the City Jewish School
Students and teachers of the City Jewish School

  Karaganda Jewish Community celebrated hanukkah - the Holiday of Light and Freedom on 30 of Kislev 5762 (15 December 2001). All Jewish organizations of the city joined their forces to prepare the holiday; the employees and volunteers of Hesed "Miriam"(Bella Kamenetskaya) and teachers and student of Jewish Sunday school (director Alla Gendelman) worked really hard.

  About 300 participants of the Holiday came to the Red Hall in the Theatre of Musical Comedy rented for the celebration. Two-meter Hanukkiya (a kind of candelabrum for Hanukkah) made especially for the Holiday by Hesed volunteer Isaac Sandler was placed on the stage. Compere of the evening Irina Kozhanovskaya read a poem about the historical events connected with the Holiday. So the first candle of Hanukkiya dedicated to the victory of Makkaveys was lit; and the seventh one was dedicated to the Renewal of Jewish traditions in Karaganda Community (it was the seventh, next to last day of the Holiday).

  The program of the concert included the performance of both professional and amateur actors. Among professional artists the most successful were the dancers of the Theatre of Musical Comedy who danced "Hava Nagila". The audience was very impressed with the tragic monologue of Hanna, who lost her 7 sons in the days of Makkaveys' riot, performed by N. Sokhrannaya (actress of oblast Drama Theatre). Tatyana Irineva played potpourri of Jewish melodies. The Choir of boys sang "Am Israel Ai" and "Al Hanisim". Vilen Molotv-Luchanskiy was a brilliant compere of the second amateur's part of the concert. The teacher of Sunday school danced and their students sang famous Jewish songs. Olga Torf, coordinator of "Sokhnut" Agency and Mikhail Falikovich, the Chairman of Jewish Community congratulated every body with Hanukkah.

  After the concert there was refreshment consisted of national dishes: forshmak, chicken and donuts. People proposed toasts to Jewish nation, to Freedom and to the sovereign Kazakhstan.

  The light of Hanukkah has been burning in the hearts of Jews.

Alexander Kotlitskiy

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