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THE DAY CENTER CELEBRATES SUKKOT

September 24-27

   Many Jews all over the world work at making every Jew feel a part of the community. We add - "... and to consider Hesed his second home". One of Hesed "Polina's" programs - "Day Center" is meant for that. Clients of the pogram are lonely elderly people who hardly walk, but in spite of it try to come here. A car sent after them makes their way to Hesed much easier. The Day Center is never silent. Old men and women come there to socialize, find out news about the culture and Tradition of their people, and to celebrate holidays together.

  In early autumn the Day Center celebrated the Jewish new year Rosh-ha-Shannah. Preparations started as early as August. There were discussions on the themes of "Jewish Antiquities", "Evolution of the Eternal Question", notions of Tshuva, Mitsva, Tzedaka; they played "Israeli traditions" game, and of course worked at organizing the exhibition dedicated to Rosh-ha-Shannah, Yom-Kippur, Sukkot, and Simhat Torah.

  In the middle of September on a show-shelf of the community center appeared a small hut made of straws and decorated with fruits. Old men and women were serious about building a Sukkah, the essential of Sukkot festival, and they succeeded in it. Guests also were not forgotten - they made a small table and benches of cardboard. And what is a celebration without flowers? A multicolored fantastic bunch of lilies made of plastic glasses ornamented the Day Center.

  All the week of Sukkot the members of Day Center rode out to the city park. They admired the golden autumn, listened to Jewish songs, recited the poems of Edward Bagritsky and Osip Mandelshtam, calling back their youth. During the walk for half an hour nobody remembered about illnesses. Then delighted and lively people were taken home.

Tatyana Rizman

 
 
 
 
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