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OFEK
Petropav-lovsk
OPENING OF THE OFEK IN PETROPAVLOVSK 25 August 2002

OFEK - a melody from the bookshelf  The Community Festival of the Jewish Book was held in Petropavlovsk on August 25. As usual, the day before a group of volunteers together with children from the Community center decorated the conference hall of the regional library. Numerous children's drawings, little Israeli flags, posters and flowers made the cozy hall even nicer. The next day the library doors opened for the first visitors.

  The festival was opened by the head of the Jewish cultural national center Mark Vitkin. The guests were welcomed to the hall to become acquainted with an exposition of books and Judaic literature (from stocks of the regional and Hesed libraries). Then there was a presentation of the recently published book "Jews of the Northern Kazakhstan", and the lecture of the Professor of Northern Kazakhstani State University Valery Lyubushin "Golden Age of the Jewish History - King Solomon's Ruling."

  There can not be an OFEK without humor and satire, the more as authors of many comic books are Jews. It also refers to 12-volumes "Anthology of Satire and Humor" recently purchased for the Hesed library, it contains works of such Jewish authors as Vsevolod Vishnevsky, Igor Guberman, Viktor Shenderovich, Eugene Schwartz, Yuz Aleshkovsky. They were not disregarded. The "Jewish Anecdote" staging performed by the actors of the Dramatic Theatre showed humorous sketches about life in small towns.

  Members of the community tried not to forget about local poets and writers. It is not the first time that organizers of the Festival turn to their talented compatriots. This time Galina, the daughter of a poet Jury Feldman told about her father's life and read his favorite poems; a member of the Petropavlovsk museum union Irina Matveyeva presented a report about life and creative activity of a gifted publicist Alexander Shteinberg. Then the youth club went upon the stage; three tarbuks and the soloist's amazing voice struck the audience.

  The Festival was concluded with a quiz and awards. Everybody was given a 2002-calendar with the OFEK emblem.

Svetlana Makarovskaya

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