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THE NEW YEAR OF TREES

  14 Shvat 5762 (27 January 2002) Family Club opened in Karaganda Community Center with the celebration of Tu-Bi-Shvat. 23 Jewish families (70 people) the representatives of 3 generations: grandparents, parents and children gathered in cafe "Bibigul". The presenter of the meeting celebrated everybody with Tu-Bi-Shvat and told about the history and tradition of this holiday - the New Year of Trees.

  The children played, danced and read poems, which they studied with the help of Larissa Brodskaya, Hesed Miriam librarian. Byaka Shkodnitser visited the holiday in person; she was hoping to spoil the holiday but failed and finally she became the best friend for children, sang songs and danced with them.

  Boris Propishchan provided musical illustration of the holiday. The holiday finished with symbolic planting little palm trees to flowerpots. Even there was winter in Karaganda but as they say when we pray for rain, it is raining in Israel. The same story is with the trees.

Family Club
Family Club
  Children are playing at the holiday
Children are playing at the holiday
  Children are planting palm trees to flowerpots
Children are planting palm trees to flowerpots
  Irina Kozhanovskaya with the children from Family Club
Irina Kozhanovskaya with the children from Family Club
Alexander Kotlitskiy
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