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UST-KAMENOGORSK CITY

Jewish Cultural Center

Chairman: Michael Kerzman
Phone number +7 (7232) 27-12-72
E-mail faina@vpnet.kz
There was a holiday in the community!

  Ust-Kamenogorsk Jews used to celebrate all National Holidays - Purim and Rosh-ha-Shana in the World Friendship House before the Jewish Cultural Center was established. That time, in 1993 the Community gathered about 80 people not only for holidays but just to communicate during weekdays. It seemed people had a lot of common interests: from household chores to Jewish National Traditions.

  Vladimir Hoffman who became the first Chairman of JCC used different ways to find new members of the Community. One of them is searching in the city archive.

  That is why in 1996 when the Center was made officially it had about 400 members; and all of them knew exactly what united them in one big Jewish Home.

  The first meeting was very solemn; there was Stanley Abramovich - Country Director from Jerusalem and Alexander Baron, the President of "Mitsva" Association from Almaty.
Step by step new forms of work with the members of the Community were found. Now adults and children go to Sunday school, where Natalya Lebedeva taught Hebrew and Vladlen Schuster (who is deceased now) taught Israeli history and traditions.

  Today the Cultural Center participates in all Community events, concerts and work with children.

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