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SUKKOTH IN ALMATY

  Every year Almaty Jewish Community celebrate Sukkoth out of town, in the open air. This year "Mitsva" Association, Hesed Polina and Jewish Community Center invited the members of the community to the school "Daulet" that had a big park available for the holiday. Family and Youth club arrived there first built a traditional hut and decorated it with children drawings, balloons and small flags.

  The members of the clubs studied tradition under the direction of Rufina Boguslavskaya - the head of the Community Center and before the holyday they studied the historical roots of Sukkoth, traditional plants that accompany it and rituals.

  In the evening there was a quiz, so the knowledge appeared to be very useful. After the quiz people sang songs, danced and had a really good time.

  On Sunday morning they met the guests: families from "Mazal Tov" Program, Women's Club and volunteers. Everybody who visited sukka for the first time said prayer for Lulav, and united all the attributes then shook them as a sigh of unity of Jews all over the world.

  There were not only stories about Sukkoth but songs, puppet show of Children Club "My father's Tahlit" and poems read by Israeli poetess Svetlana Shteingrud. She congratulated everybody with Sukkoth.

  The holiday was finished with a big lunch for 300 people.

Svetlana Nezhinskaya

Conversation about the tradition of the holiday
Conversation about the tradition of the holiday
  Auditory
Auditory
  Youth Club "Alef Daag"
Youth Club "Alef Daag"
  The youngest members of the community were reading poems
The youngest members of the community were reading poems
And the Family Clubsang songs
And the Family Clubsang songs
Puppet show "My father's Tahlit".  Jewish Children Center of Art
Puppet show "My father's Tahlit". Jewish Children Center of Art
Meet our young actors!
Meet our young actors!
Let's have a look at 4 Holy plants
Let's have a look at 4 Holy plants
Traditionally people sat prayers clasping Holy plants to heart
Traditionally people sat prayers clasping Holy plants to heart
Everybody knows the answers on Quiz questions!
Everybody knows the answers on Quiz questions!
Fall park, sunny day
Fall park, sunny day...
  All generation gathered, including those who cannot even speak
All generation gathered, including those who cannot even speak
  ... and older...
... and older...
... and youth...
... and youth...
  ... and families...
... and families...
  ... and old friends.
... and old friends.
Photos by Vladimir Semchuk
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