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THE COMMUNITY FESTIVAL OF JEWISH BOOK IN KARAGANDA CITY

8-9 September 2001

The exhibition of children books
The exhibition of children books
  Adults and children participate in the quiz
Adults and children participate in the quiz
  "Tsar Solomon's Parables"
"Tsar Solomon's Parables"
  Shall we sing with Mickey Mouse and Malvina
Shall we sing with Mickey Mouse and Malvina
  Literature Soiree
Literature Soiree
  The exhibition of Jewish Library
The exhibition of Jewish Library
  The art exhibition of Alexander Korshunov
The art exhibition of Alexander Korshunov
  The young painter merited awards
The young painter merited awards
  The library staff tells
The library staff tells...
  The sincere Jewish music
The sincere Jewish music...
  The audience was listening with a great interest
The audience was listening with a great interest...

  8-9 September this year Karaganda Community Center presented its first OFEK. The heads of the Center Irina Kozhanovskaya and Irina Revenko thoroughly studied different materials and recommendations on conducting such a festival. The festival lasted for two days taking into consideration the number of people and various themes of the festival. 8 September - the first day started from the official opening of OFEK. The heads of the Community Center and Hesed congratulated Jewish Community with this field day. The Children Program started at 11 AM at Children Puppet Theatre "Buratino". The festival started from children book exhibition. The exhibition was beautifully decorated: There was an old read book on stand at the head, and the young reader of our library Nastya Revenko read a poem about it. There was a poster with a clown on it saying: "This is your World!" The children library staff were telling children about Jewish writers, about their lives, about the situations some books were written in and certainly, about characters of wonderful novels, stories and poems. Then a fairy tale "About a wise Rabbi" was read and a quiz about it, Jewish holidays and knowledge of some Jewish literature and characters was conducted. The library employees managed to tell about the heroes of Jewish fairy tales and stories in popular and interesting way. After that all children got little pieces of paper, they wrote their cherished wishes and attached them to a painted tree.
The next was the puppet theatre staff. They showed the theatre and puppets. Children program was finished with mini show "The Tsar Solomon's parables". Children saw Tsar Solomon walking in his beautiful garden and playing the violin, beauty tsarina Savskaya who was loved by Solomon and about the Bee.

  Children took part in the show themselves. Tsarina Savskaya played many games with them choosing the wisest and the strongest. Mickey Mouse, Leopold Cat and Malvina also participated in the festival; they sang songs, danced and played with the children. When the program finished all participants got presents in commemoration of the first OFEK and children were offered refreshments: lemonade and pastries. Children were leaving the festival very unwillingly and their grandparents kindly thanked the organizers for their work.

  The festival " moved" to the art gallery at 6 PM where was a literary soiree. Irina Revenko told about Jewish poets who made an invaluable contribution in the world poetry. She told about different poets and their different, sometimes tragic lives. The students of Karaganda Art College read the poems of these poets and sang a beautiful romance by Boris Pasternak. The soiree finished with the bard songs of Alexey Stavitskiy and Boris Sultanov. In the intermissions between songs they told about Alexander Rozenbaum and Alexander Galich, about serious and funny moments concerned with their songs. The auditory was looking forward to familiar and loved songs and joined in singing them.

  September 9 started from moving books from the Hesed library to the concert hall "Shalkyma". The tables for books were being prepared in the hall. Later was found out that the library stock was so big that the tables were not enough to place all the books. So some of them should have been removed. The exhibition was very various with a lot of sections: religious literature, Torah, Midrash, history, holidays, tradition, Shabbat, Jewish Philosophy and Psychology, Marriage and Family, Israeli writers and classics of Yiddish literature.

  The second floor of the concert hall was occupied with the art exhibition of the young painter Alexander Korshunov. Despite he is only 15 years old he has some really good paintings that were estimated by experienced art experts at their true worth. One of the best is "Holocaust". People were standing and looking at it for a long time feeling the same. Alexander's mother Tatyana Korshunova (she is also a painter) told about her son's painting. Alexander had to answer a lot of questions, to communicate with the audience and he got a lot of warm words addressed to him.

  After that there was a concert. The Oblast library staff and the teacher of Karaganda State University Lyudmila Lyubanskaya told about books and lives of their authors. Also there were musical items: duet of the piano and violin, "Waltz Boston" performed by Alexander Stavitskiy, Jewish Suite performed by Boris Propichshagin and Kichikyan.

  The first OFEK finished with the storm of applause and "raining" balloons.

Irina Kozhanovskaya

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