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OFEK
Almaty
The OFEK opening - 2001
Book exhibition, Excursion
20 August 2001

The Library of the Academy of Science

  On 20 August 2001 was the opening of the 5th Festival of Jewish Book in the Central Library of the Academy of Science.

  There were about 300 people. The festival was opened by Alexander Baron, the President of "Mitsva" Association who told about the goals of the festival: familiarization with the books written by Jewish writers, books edited in Israel, getting more information about Judaism, Jewish culture, history and traditions. Jewish agency "Sokhnut" and Consular Section of Israeli Embassy prepared their own stands.

  Consul Dan Meiri, The First Secretary of Israeli Embassy in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Kulshakhan Abugaliyeva, the Director of the Central Library of the Academy of Science, Khaim Gdulin, the Representative of the agency "Sokhnut" and Isaak Popov the Honoured Worker of Art of Kazakhstan made speeches at the opening of the Festival.

  They celebrated all the audience with the opening and wished them a fruitful work.

  So, the ribbon was cut and everybody went to the decorated hall where was the exhibition of Jewish books. The most exhibited books were from the Republican Jewish Library. The Library has received a lot of books from Israel a few days before the Festival opening. There different sections at the exhibition: new books, literature on Judaism, Jewish Home, Traditions, Holidays, Jewish Cuisine, Books on Hebrew and periodicals.

  The hall was decorated with National handmade pictures and religious attributes. The exhibition was opened for 5 days. All this time there were a lot of people. Readers studied the books, read them and made notes.

The decorated front of the Library
The decorated front of the Library
Alexander Baron, the President of "Mitsva" Association is making speech
Alexander Baron, the President of "Mitsva" Association is making speech
The ceremony of the opening
The ceremony of the opening
People are really interested in books. Isaak Popov the Honoured Worker of Art of Kazakhstan is among the guests
People are really interested in books. Isaak Popov the Honoured Worker of Art of Kazakhstan is among the guests
The stand of the Consular section of Israeli Embassy
The stand of the Consular section of Israeli Embassy
Jewish Atributes is presented separately
Jewish Atributes is presented separately
The books exhibited by the agency "Sokhnut"
The books exhibited by the agency "Sokhnut"
Photo by Vladimir Semchuk and Miroslav Gatsenko
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