The holiday of Chanukah is one of Light for centuries supporting in the Jewish people the sensation of the miracle. This year in Nizhny Novgorod Chanukah was celebrated by the ceremony of handing prize in the nomination of “Person of the Year”. In contradistinction to a lot of such events its laureates are not winners of any contest where there are losers. For this ceremony they told of people without whose activity the community would have lived absolutely differently. The celebration was in the situation of a large family where everything exists for the common weal.
“I wish in Chanukah it to be warm, comfortable and food to be tasty for everyone”, said Susanna D. Turayeva, and this desire in the best possible way described the atmosphere of a holiday in the Theater of “Komediya”. It is warm of smiles of students of the school of “Or Avner” who prepared songs and dances for the holiday. It is comfortable in the circle of the friends who are musicians and actors: They gave us their masterly playing and acting. The food is tasty: Sweets were from the kosher shop of “Tzimes”.
For one concert we saw having flown about 25 years. And people who were being applauded gave the title of “Person of the Year” by their activity are marking basic milestones in the history of the modern community of Nizny Novgorod.
The most loyal parishioner is Semyon D. Zolotovitsky. In spite of his declining years he never misses prayers and is an example for everyone.
The volunteer of the year is Sofia E. Vysotskaya. She is a student of the celebrity of Mikhoels himself, but in the first place she is a person thanks to her there turned into practice a lot of projects by the “Chesed”.
The patron of the year is Dmitry P. Birman. He is a deputy of the City Duma and a poet, but mainly he is a person who exceeds frameworks of the habitual and obtains results.
The laureate in the nomination of “Active Life Position” is Olga N. Shumakova. She is a president of the regular committee on education, culture and sport of the City Duma, a friend and a partner of the Nizhny Novgorod community.
“The person of a legend” is Susanna D. Turayeva. This title reflects the whole breadth of this wonderful individual who put her power and soul in the activity of the Nizhny Novgorod Jewish autonomy.
”The teacher of the year” is the teacher of music in the school of “Or Avner” of Svetlana V. Deych. She created a branch of the Nizhny Novgorod Musical College.
”Your great-grandfather was building the Nizhny Novgorod synagogue”, they were telling a little boy. And here is years later Boris E. Sherman is a laureate in the nomination of “Restoring and Rebirth” for his endowment to the rebirth of the building of the Nizhny Novgorod synagogue.
But it would have be able to consider that the nomination of “Person of Year” has small town importance if there had not been mentioned events as follows: The laureate of the nomination of “Art” for a theater production is handed Andrey Yarlykov for the performance of “King of Odessa” to stories by Isaak Babel. The laureate of the nomination of “Art” for the arrangement of Jewish music for a chamber chorus is handed Eduard B. Fertelmeister. He is a principal of the Nizhny Novgorod Musical Academy. The laureate of the nomination of “Science” is handed to the teacher of the Higher School of Economics of Eduard A. Fiyaksel for publishing his book on his profession. He is the director of the unique in Russia sub-faculty of venture management.
The most affecting was the title of “Young Family”. The laureates were Mariya and Mikhail Altshulers. Whatever we might say, Chanukah is a family holiday, a holiday of hope and belief in the good future where everyone feels warm, comfortable, and food is tasty.
By Tatiana Samoylova
"Translated by Mark Gart". e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org