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WEEK OF THE JEWISH CULTURE

   The week of the Jewish culture in the framework of "We Are Kazakhstanis" action began in Almaty October 6. This day the directors of National Cultural Centers of Almaty city (there are 29 of them) visited the celebration of the "Volunteer's Day". Though this holiday is only in the calendar so far, the festival has already become a good tradition. Every year in autumn Hesed arranges celebration to honor free-will assistants and admit new volunteers. The guests were impressed by the mass character of volunteering in the Jewish community. They said they had never seen so many unselfish people ready to help others. Azat Shaueyev, the head of akimat department on the work with the Kazakhstani Peoples Small Assembley wished volunteers long life and sound health - it is so important in their work. Those words uttered by the local government representative will remain in people's memory for a long time, and a true respect for volunteers' work was the best present for the holiday.

  In the second half of the day the representatives of the Cultural Centers gathered on a press conference in the Jewish community center "Rimon". The president of "Mitsva" Association Alexander Baron thanked the guests for their concern in the days of the Jewish culture and reminded about the lasting connection between Jews and Kazakhstani land:

  "Many people do not believe that Jews appeared in Kazakhstan in the beginning of WWII. Scientists have found documentary evidences of the fact that in XI century there was a synagogue in Turkestan city. So, our discussion about the history of Jews in Kazakhstan is quite reasonable."

  The active work of Jewish communities proves their desire to keep on living here in peace and friendship with other peoples. Jewish culture takes root deeper and deeper in Kazakhstani fertile field. The OFEK has been held here for more than six years, branches of the Jewish library are opened in all parts; Jewish theatre, music bands, and literature clubs are organized everywhere.

  Galina Roytberg, the head of the "Association of Jewish Communities in Kazakhstan" told the guests about the contribution of Jewish organizations to the creation of the complete community in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstani Jews could hardly ever become so solid if there were no "Mitsva" Association, Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan, Hesed "Polina", the "Association of Jewish Communities in Kazakhstan", Jewish community centers, Cultural centers, These organizations care for every member of the community. Their motto is "All Jews Are Responsible for One Another".

  The week of the Jewish culture in Kazakhstan is a good chance to show the unity of the community, its intellectual and creative potential, its readiness for self-perfection. We will be pleased if Kazakhstanis become interested in the history, literature, Tradition of the Jews. Our doors are always open!

Galina Goldberg

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