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HANUKKAH IN EAST-KAZAKHSTANI OBLAST

Hag Hanukkah Sameakh!  The first trip of Ust-Kamenogorsk Hesed Faina to Semipalatinsk City in October 2001 made think about a lot of things. Jewish Community in the city is pretty big and it keeps solicitously Jewish National tradition. There were two synagogues before the Great October Revolution. Unfortunately, they were ruined in Soviet times.

  People, living there, not only just get help from Hesed but participate in Jewish Renewal with a great enthusiasm. We could feel it at the moment we entered The House of World Friendship where the Community gathered to light first Hanukkah candle. The representatives from Ust-Kamenogorsk to celebrate were welcomed, and concert program began. The Chairman of Jewish Community Leonid Reznikov and Vladimir Lebedev director of Hesed faina made a welcoming speech and lit Hanukkah candles. The concert program included almost all groups of Ust-Kamenogorsk Community Center: Vocal group "Ester", children vocal group "Feigale", Klezmer ensemble under the direction of Olga Traub, Youth Vocal group. Semipalatinsk Jews prepared two items of the concert. After the concert there was refreshment.

  Guests came home late evening. The trip seemed easy and short even the way was not fast. Everybody felt his belonging to Tradition, and the Holiday of Light was kept in minds in souls.

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