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ROSH-HA-SHANNAH IN PETROPAVLOVSK CITY

  Jewish Community of Petropavlovsk City traditionally celebrated the holiday in the canteen of school #1.
As always the group of volunteers decorated the hall, placed tables and laid them. After the chairman of JCC Mark Vitkin celebrated everybody with the holiday in Russian and Hebrew, the director of Hesed Efraim was asked to speak. He told about the establishment of the community. Next year it will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Then Svetlana Makarovskaya the head of Jewish Community Center read many compliments addressed to us and told about the history and significance of Rosh-Ha-Shannah.

  After the performance of the vocal group "Shalom" (they sang a few songs including "Bashana-Habaa"), the children of Sunday school and Youth Club caught the initiative. And there were more than 50 people! We have not have that big amount of youth on our holidays before! They sang " Rosh-Ha-Shannah - Happy New Year!" "Happy New Year!" "Hannah Tova" and many other songs. The Youth Club performed a sketch about the New Year, which told about historical roots of this merry holiday.

  There were a lot of dances, competitions and quizzes. But the highlight of the program was the performance of ensemble of violinists under direction of Yasha Strizhak. The violins and the guitar sounded very lyrical making a very warm family atmosphere. Everyone knows that none of modern tape recorders or player can overshadow the voice of real violin. And it wasn't surprising that many people began to dance forming the circle of Freilekhs dance!

  More than 200 people came to celebrate Rosh-Ha-Shannah in Petropavlovsk City. None of the holidays has gathered that big amount of people! Nobody wanted to leave the holiday even elderly people who usually go home earlier than youth were not in a hurry to go home. People really appreciated the holiday. The holiday was very successful!

Svetlana Makarovskaya

Vocal group "Shalom"
Vocal group "Shalom"
  Sunday School Students are singing New Year songs
Sunday School Students are singing New Year songs
  The sketch performed by Youth Club
The sketch performed by Youth Club
  Everybody is dancing!
Everybody is dancing!
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