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AKMOLINSKAYA OBLAST

Jewish Organizations in Astana City

  The administrative center is Kokshetau.

  Here, in the center of Kazakhstan is situated the main city of Kazakhstan Astana - the capital of the country (previous names: Akmola, in 1961-1992 - Tselinograd). It has been the capital since 1997.

  The total area of Akmola oblast is about 146,6 square kilometers. The population is about 820 thousand people; the urban population is 46%. There are 10 cities, 14 urban-type communities in the oblast.

  Astana is a port on Ishim River and a railway junction. The population is about 350 thousand people. It is an industry center. There are the following branches of the industry there: an engineering and metalworking industry, food and light industry. Plants: "Kazakhselmash", pumping, railway-carriage repair works, etc.
  Also there are 4 Universities, a theatre, a museum of regional and an art museum.
  Astana was founded as a fortress.

  Kokshetau City (formerly Kokchetav) is a railway junction, too. The population is 143 thousand people. It was founded in 1824. It is an industry center. The main industry objects are: oxygen equipment and instrument making plants, chemical industrial complex, food and light industry enterprises.
  There is a Pedagogical Institute, museum of regional and a drama theatre there.

  Jewish people live all over the territory of the oblast.

  Since 1998 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC, "Joint") cooperates with Astana Jewish national organizations. Since 1999 "Joint" helps to Kokshetau Jewish Cultural Center as a sponsor. Welfare Center "Hesed" sponsored by "Joint" started working in Astana in 2000 and in Kokshetau City this one started working in 2001.

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