Interim Israeli Ambassador visited the community of Almaty

September 19, 2015 the Director of the Consular Department of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel Alon Shoham, and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Israel in Kazakhstan Emil Ben-Naftali visited the Jewish community of Almaty and met with the head of the Jewish community of Kazakhstan, a member of the Kazakhstan People's Assembly and the Bureau of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress Alexander Baron.

September 19, 2015 the Director of the Consular Department of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel Alon Shoham, and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Israel in Kazakhstan Emil Ben-Naftali visited the Jewish community of Almaty and met with the head of the Jewish community of Kazakhstan, a member of the Kazakhstan People's Assembly and the Bureau of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress Alexander Baron.

"At the moment I take the position of director of our consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and head of our consuls abroad - said Mr. Shoham. - The "Nativ" is his department consuls. We work closely together, but they do not obey us. If you do not have enough resources to provide some services, we are trying to help. But at the same time, we are restricted by - there is a special state mandate, what questions we can not interfere. If you have a problem with the visa, then it is our competence. "

The visit included tours of the community center "Rimon", Almaty Hesed, the exhibition hall and the library, which oversaw the director of Hesed Inessa Chugainova.

The big impression on the guests made a Jewish Republican Library named after Maurice Simashko. With great pleasure, guests of the book removed from the shelves, flipping watched and wondered how many rare, expensive books, books by Jewish authors in translation comprises a library.

Alexander Baron drew the attention of visitors to the expensive books on Judaism, audio books for visually impaired visitors to the library, audio and video carriers of Jewish music, song, dance. He told me about the publishing work of the Association "Mitzvah" in 2015 has published 13 books on evacuation and refugees during the Second World War and the history of the Jews of Central Asia and Western Siberia.

From the library guests took place in the exhibition hall of Hesed, which at the time housed the exhibition of paintings by Yuri Zobaka. From classic "Shofar" to the modern surreal "steps" or "Hourglass" - each painting is of interest and enthusiasm. The guests had many questions about the author, his fate, place of residence.

Alexander I. explained that the gallery is updated at least once a month. Recently passed vernissage "Synagogues of the world" - unique in fact. He was presented with photos synagogues made during business trips and a travel Russian Mikhail Oshtraha.

The JCC "Rimon" Inessa Chugainova told the guests about the activities with children and adolescents, and youth programs: dance, vocal. Much has been said about the exhibitions hosted in the hall of the community center. "Jerusalem for centuries" attracted particular attention, as well as "Secrets of the Hebrew alphabet" - Hebrew calligraphy.

"Please note that most of the works are not listed authors - said Chugainova. - Because it works - collectively. And small children, and adults are working on one picture. So we are trying to involve all relevant. Each exhibition - is the result of the project. Not just the children came and drew. Over one exhibition can be operated year. First, learn the history, coming up with the story, even the costumes of the historical era, which will be displayed, think through every detail. "

Admiration caused office JCC "Rimon", which displays all the diplomas, awards, trophies, won deservedly children's and youth groups of the Jewish community of the city. Inessa A. emphasized victory - Grand Prix at the festival "Jerusalem of Gold", and described the joint project with compatriot, who now lives in Boston, USA, Edward Bogushevsky.

Children a few years ago formed the group "Malyavki" studio-recorded songs Bogushevsky - so there was a joint author disc. And in 2014, the ensemble has matured "dust" with the concert tour to visit Boston and New York, where they were given enchanting concerts, conquered the Jewish American public.

In a personal conversation with the ambassador Baron asked about the number of the Jewish diaspora in Kazakhstan and Almaty, where Jews appeared in Central Asia.

"First there was a synagogue here in 1884 - said Alexander Baron. - Since the region is favorable for living and farming, here comes a lot of Jews canonists. The Silk Road was of interest to the business and commercial folk. There were great waves of migration in the territory of Kazakhstan. "

The first wave - industrialization. The area is a great place described by Ilf and Petrov - bow, a compound of the railways.The next wave - the expulsion of "unreliable" people.

"In Almaty, for example, Trotsky lived. And a huge wave - and the evacuation of the refugees during the Second World War. And then - the Stalinist repressions. "Doctors' case", for example. So in Astana and Karaganda were the strongest medical institutes of the Soviet Union. And then there was an increase in the number of people - the development of virgin and fallow lands - activities of Nikita Khrushchev. The huge territory of northeast Kazakhstan should have been the corn to feed the people. I think that if the Jews in Kazakhstan is not less than 150 thousand. During the war, came a lot of women who stayed here, got married, settled. Then he started to flood Israel, Germany, Russia, Australia, USA, Canada.After all departures we think that Kazakhstan has about 50 thousand Jews. "

The theme of the evacuation of refugees during the Second World War Association "Mitzvah" is engaged since 2002 and is a world leader in its study. Held seven major international scientific and practical conference history. At a conference in 2014 filed 70 reports involved authors from nine countries. The collection of 53 articles "History. Memory. People "were presented to the guests.

The meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere. The sides discussed issues of further cooperation. Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Israel in Kazakhstan appointed Michael Brodsky. He will take office shortly. While performing the duties of time after Mr. Shoham.

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