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There brought out the 28th Issue of the Paper of “Be-Yahad” Dedicated to the Holiday of Chanukah

In the kaleidoscope of Jewish life there be able to enlighten articles of visiting the synagogue by the city manager of Nizhny Novgorod of Oleg Sorokin, of a meeting the women club, of the conference in New York and of many other things. In addition, read information of the holiday concert and the special Chanukah action for which there was drawing splendid prizes!

The paper has 3700 copies and they mail it to all Jews of Nizhny Novgorod.

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Visiting the Synagogue by the City Manager of Nizhny Novgorod of Oleg V. Sorokin

On Wednesday, November 9, our synagogue the city manager of Nizhny Novgorod Oleg V. Sorokin accompanied by his deputy of Dmitry P. Birman visited our synagogue.

The visit lasted for two hours and had begun from a view excursion about the synagogue for that the head of the city saw all our enormous activity for Jews of Nizhny Novgorod. After the excursion, all presenting people assembled in the conference-chamber by participation of respected members of the community. In the beginning of the meeting there gave a speech the Chief Rabbi of Nizhny Novgorod Shimon Bergman, who thanked the city manager for warm and cordial attitude of the city administration to our community. The Rabbi also invited Mr. Sorokin for a holiday concert dedicated to Chanukah. After that, there they showed a video of events carried out in our community and of its life. In addition, the head of the city warm told of а meeting with representatives of the Embassy of Israel in Moscow. For that meeting they had reached an agreement of strengthening cultural contacts between our city and the State of Israel. He also thanked us for our invitation to visit our community and promised to reinforce connection between his administration and our community. After his speech, the city manager answered questions by participants of the meeting. Then there was a speech by the president of the Jewish community of Eduard M. Chaprak. He from the bottom of his heart and on behalf of all the community thanked the city manager for his visit. In the end of the meeting, they photographed all presenting people with Mr. Sorokin and we said him “goodbye”.

In the meeting, there participated the Rabbi of Nizhny Novgorod of Shimon Bergman, the president of the community of Eduard M. Chaprak, chiefs of Jewish organizations of the city, friends and people helping the community.

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Holiday of Sukkoth in the Nizhny Novgorod Jewish Society

On Sunday, October 16, in the synagogue there was a family event because of the Holiday of Sukkoth. In the celebration there took part kids and their parents. The festival starts from appearance of a conjurer in the prayer hall, after that the kids went away by sideshows and creation zones, namely: watercolor painting on their faces, a contest of remote-controlled cars, soft kids town construction set, team fishing, modeling figures from balloons, and outdoors there was a trampoline castle.

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Rosh Hashanah in the Nizhny Novgorod Jewish Society

On Wednesday tonight on October 28, in the synagogue there assembled hundreds of Jews to celebrate New Year 5772. The event started from showing of film of the Rebe Lubavitch. This video has relation to holidays of the month of Tishrei. After that, students of the school of “Or Avner” sang merry songs timed to the holiday. Then the assembled people saw a film special timed to Rosh Hashanah in which they could learn of events carried out by our community in passing year. After that, special invited guests congratulated all with the holiday, to be exact behalf from the city and region authorities there appeared with his speech Mr. Alexander I. Makeev. In addition, with speech of welcome appeared in front of assembled people the first secretary of the Embassy of Israel in Russian Federation Mr. Shlomo Voskoboinik. His congratulatory speech there delivered the Chief Rabbi of the Nizhny Novgorod region of Shimon Bergman, and at its end, they uttered the holiday prayer after which women burned holiday candles. After the official part, they invited all assembled guests for a stand-up meal where there were traditional dishes for Rosh Hashanah: apples and honey, pomegranates etc. At the end of the festival all presented people got new calendars by our community.

On Thuesday, October 26 for the holiday prayer and sounding the shofar there assembled enormous amount of people.

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What Do You Have?

For this meeting one should have visited e if only to see inspired young beauties.

The famous actor of Marlene Dietrich once said, “If you feel wings behind your shoulders you have a good mother-in-law.” In addition, on October 9 we made certain of it. Presenting pairs, daughters-in-law and mother-in-law were telling how they are equal to housekeeping. The other women just were sharing recipes and culinary skills, which their husbands’ loved mothers had learned them. Therefore, this situation totally disproved the idea of many home funny stories of interrelation of young and experienced generations.

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Calendar of the Nizhny Novgorod Jewish Community for 5772 (2011 - 2012)

Every year the Jewish Community of Nizhny Novgorod publishes a calendar special for our city. In the calendar there are dates of Jewish holidays and time of burning of Shabbat and holiday candles for Nizhny Novgorod; there are also congratulations with Jewish New Year from the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region and the mayor of the city. We dedicated the calendar to memory of outstanding Jews of Nizhny Novgorod who are already not with us and who in the hard time were supporting our culture and traditions, observing commandments and doing prayers. You may acquire a calendar in the synagogue. Parishioners who will take part in prayers of the month of Tishrei will get a calendar free.

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There brought out the 27th Issue of the Paper

In the paper, you may read news of our community and view photo galleries.

Also you may find information of holiday events to come, articles of Jews who passed us away this summer, an interview with the world famous musician of Iosif Shtiller etc.

The paper has 3700 copies and they mail it for all Jews of Nizhny Novgorod.

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One Should Study Merry!

Today, on September 1, the school of “Or Avner” opened its doors for its students again. However, it was an unusual beginning of the school year, which for sure will stick in their memory for a long time! They did not conduct the ceremonial line in the school as usual but… do you suppose where? Not for you will guess!

Yes, yes, it was on the area of the Nizhny Novgorod circus! There were fine kids, well-dressed teachers, and excited parents! As usual, especial emotions there provoked our first-graders who there were holding by their hands our final-year students.

The kids were reciting poems, singing songs, speaking warm words to their teachers.

There was a guest in our festival too: It was the Rabbi of Nizhny Novgorod region of Shimon Bergman.

Traditional at the ceremonial line in honor of the Day of knowledge there sounded a “voice” of a shofar because the beginning of the school year coincides with the beginning of the month of Elul, which is the threshold of Rosh Hashanah.

Well, after that there rang the first bell in this school year!

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Youth Jewish Seminar

How is it possible to unite Jewish youth from different cities and towns of Russia? How to dip the young people into the atmosphere of Jewry and arose their interest to basic problems of Judaism? All who from August 18 to August 23 had luck to be in Kazan at a youth Jewish seminar knows know the answers.

After a long break, the Nizhny Novgorod Jewish Community organized a meeting for young people in the habitual form for them again. The program of the seminar included various business trainings and games, classes developing business qualities.

Moreover, the greatest discovery for most participants there became lectures by the Rabbi of Dov Ber Baitman specially invited from Dnepropetrovsk. It succeeded likewise to interest people being on different levels of knowledge of Judaism. For the short time of the seminar, the participants attended a course of lectures covered various sides of the Jewish tradition. These are either relation between the man and the woman or studying of the text of Torah with commentaries or even principles of Kabala. The Rabbi presented complicated fundamental problems in an interactive and, if one can so express, in the artistic style, which could not leave anyone indifferent. Knowledge given at the lectures for many people can be an incentive for further studying of Judaism.

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“Homecoming”

This summer Nizhny Novgorod Jewish youth visited Israel under the free program of “Taglit-Birthright”.
Having assembled at the walls of the Nizhny Novgorod synagogue, we could not imagine what adventures are in store for us for the next ten days. There were from Nizhny Novgorod ten of us, all we were from 18 to 26, students or alumni. In Moscow, we joined our group and flew by a comfortable liner to our historical motherland. There they met us and we went to a splendid hotel in the marvelous city and port of Haifa. That night they told us many interested stories of Jewry, let into the sacrament of Shabbat and introduced to beauty of the Holy Land of Israel.
All the 10 days of our journey flew like one instant. Now when we are glancing at pass days we remember a number of colorful elements. We visited the Museum of Diaspora in Tel-Aviv, Golan Heights, and the Dead Sea. We saw the dawn on the Masada, floated boats along the river of Jordan, passed the night in a very real Bedouin tent, rode camels, wept
in the Yad Vashem, talked with a real deputy of the Knesset, walked about the old part of Jerusalem, prayed at the Kotel... Nevertheless, the most principle is that we did all it together: we were from Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, St.-Petersburg, Izhevsk, Ulyanovsk, Kostroma and surely Nizhny Novgorod!

I would like to thank all organizers of the travel and first of all the Nizhny Novgorod community very much. It was the unforgettable ten days in the motherland of our ancestors.

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The Photo Gallery of the Shift for Boys of the Summer Camp of “Gan Israel” of 2011/5771

There finished the shift for boys of the summer camp of ‘Gan Israel”, which had been in the fashionable hotel of “Regina” in the city of “Kazan”. There rested tens of boys both from Nizhny Novgorod, and from Kazan, Ulyanovsk and Cheboksary. The boys took a lot of fun from various events among that there was visiting of a water park, which they had specially rented for our kids.

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New Chandelier in the Prayer Hall of the Synagogue

Recently in the middle of the prayer hall of synagogue, they hung a new chandelier. Nina A. Reinish donated us this chandelier in the name of rising of the soul of her husband of Lev M. Reinish. We are calling your attention an article of the Jew in honor of who his wife donated the chandelier.

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The Camp of “Gan Israel”, the Shift for Girls of 2011/5771

There really finished the shift for girls in the Jewish summer camp of “Gan Israel”. This summer they lived in comfortable conditions in the hotel of “Regina” in the city of Kazan from August 5 to August 14. We passed there nine unique days, which were rich by events days.
Uniqueness of this shift was in having opportunity for the parents of the girls to rest together with us in the camp and to plunge into the warm Jewish atmosphere. Especially as we happened to pass two Shabbats together: Everyone memorized it! In addition, had an opportunity to participate in different games, learn how they conduct Jewish weddings and visit a water park, skating rink and entertaining center! The girls enjoyed passing time very much, and a lot of them conveyed the wish of coming here next year. The pleasant discovery was some senior students to become excellent leaders, and we are unspeakable glad to it!

Leaders of the shift for girls

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"His Deeds Will Remain In Our Memory"

On July 29, 2011, there passed away Vladimir I. Fradkin. He was born on July 26, 1958 in Gorky, graduated the S. M. Kirov Gorky Medical University School and permanent worked at the sub stations of ambulance of the Kanavino and Moskovsky districts. He was a good doctor and very benevolent person. From the first days of restitution of the synagogue to the Nizhny Novgorod Jewish community in 1991 V. Fradkin became its active member, were observing the tradition and teaching it others. For many years, he acted as the gabai of the Nizhny Novgorod synagogue. Many people turned to him with questions on the tradition, for an advice and he helped always and all, he was kind and responsive person. A few years ago, he married to Natasha Kopasovskaia: There was a real Jewish wedding with Chuppa. They bore the son of Daniel. Mr. Fradkin was very glad at this event… Recently he was studying his roots. In this there was helping him Natasha. They created a family tree beginning from the end of the 17th century. It remained to explain certain details…

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Mazl Tov to Zhanna Maslova and Shimon Muraviov Because of Their Wedding

On Tuesday, June14 (Sivan, 12) in the courtyard of the synagogue there was the Chuppa of Zhanna Maslova and Shimon Muraviov from Dusseldorf, Germany. The ceremony of the wedding there conducted the Rabbi of Shimon Bergman, for the wedding they invited a lot of relatives and friends; among them there were friends of the bridegroom from the Great Moscow Yeshiva, the Rabbi of Kazan of Yitzhak Gorelik, the Rabbi of Dusseldorf of Chaim Bar-Cohen. We wish the young married couple and their parents Mazl Tov, joy and happiness to 120!

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The Nizhny Novgorod Jewish Community Commemorated on Tamuz, 3, the Day of the Rebe Lubavitch

On Tuesday, July 6, they commemorated the 16th day of the Rebe Lubavitch. As it is usual in all Chabad communities in the world in Nizhny Novgorod, we commemorated this day by a Chasid meeting and recitation of Torah. Tonight there assembled tens of people in the banquet hall of the synagogue, after having put on tfillin all were at laid tables. The meeting began by showing of a video of the speech by the Rebe Lubavitch in Russian in which he was telling of significance of studying of Torah and its testaments. After that, the invited Rabbi of Rauven Kuravsky who had special come from Moscow told of the Rebe and importance of this day for every Jew.

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Milya (Erachmiel) G. Zhebrak

He was born in 1921 in the shtetl of Lodyzhin of the Vinnitsa region, the Ukraine... His family was religious, there were growing three sons, Milya was oldest. In 1932, it removed to Tashkent. Short after his Mum got sick and died. They lived with difficulty. Milya began to work early. Ten days before the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, they called him to the colors and he was at war from the beginning to the end of the war in an infantry platoon of the Southwestern, Noth Caucausian and the 3rd Ukrainian fronts. They wounded him.

After the end of the Great Patriotic War, he was in the Soviet Army to 1949 and liberated the Western Ukraine from soldiers of Stepan Bandera. After his demobilization, he returned to Tashkent, and then he came to his uncle to Gorky and stayed here to live and work. In 1950, he married. He worked at a model factory and at the footwear factory of “Krasny Obuvshchik”. He was an activist of the Jewish religious community. He visited the minyan of Ioffe at Mayakovsky Street. He was a constant member of the minyan. In 2010, he got the title of “Person of the Year” in the nomination of “Honorary Parishioner”. In spite of four heart attacks and sore legs he was regularly visiting the synagogue to the very his death. He did not pass away without leaving a trace. There remained his wife, kids, grandkids… The memory of M.G. Zhebrak will leave in minds of his relatives and friends forever.

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Mazl Tov to Maria Shteiman and Ilya Brusin Because of Their Wedding

On Sunday, June 5 in the courtyard of the synagogue, there was the Chuppa of Maria Shteiman and Ilya Brusin. The ceremony there conducted the Rabbi of Shimon Bergman. We wish the young married couple and their parents Mazl Tov, joy and happiness to 120!

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Mazl Tov for the Family of Vitebskys

On May, 20, Friday, Zhanna Vitebskaya, the mistress of the Nizhny Novgorod Jewish kindergarten of “Gan Menachem”, bore the third son.

On the 8th day according to the Jewish tradition, in the synagogue there was circumcision (Brit Mila). A Mohel from Israel did it.

The boy was called Alexander Yaakov in honor of his Granddad.

We wish the Vitebskys a lot of Mazl Tov. May they get from their kids only happiness and see in their life only joy.

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They Published the 26th Issue of the Paper of “Be Yahad”. It Is Dedicated to the Holiday of Shavuot

In the paper you have opportunity to read news of our community, articles of the Nizhny Novgorod naval architect of Mikhail I. Lerner, of the respectable veteran of the Nizhny Novgorod region Abrek I. Dudelzak and of Lev M. Reinish. The widow of the latter presented a luster for the pray hall in honor of rise of his soul. In addition, you have an opportunity to view two photo galleries: on the youth seminar which was in the recreation center of ‘Dubky” and on the river row along the Volga which was for the holyday of Lag Ba-Omer, and, surely, to read articles of our regular headings.

The paper is published in 3700 copies and is mailed all Jew of the city.

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The Nizhny Novgorod Jewish Community Celebrated the Holyday of Lag Ba- Omer: the Photo Gallery

On May, 22, Sunday, there was the two hours row along the Volga by the excellent motor ship of “Otdykh-1”. For the row they organized for kids the special program with prizes and sweets, appearance of a conjurer and a clown. The kids were drawing and making various articles. For adults there was working a bar of the kosher restaurant of “Shalom”. There was playing Jewish music. In the row there took part a few hundred persons. They got enormous pleasure from the good weather and (the most important) from intercourse with their friends and relatives who are members of our community.

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Memory of Heart

The first ten-day period of May of this year is rich in holydays and memorial dates: the Holyday of Spring and Labour (May, 1), the Day of the Catastrophe and Heroism (Yom ha-Shoah, May, 2), The Day of Radio (May, 5), the Victory Day (May, 9), the Day of Memory of Warriors Who Perished in Battles for Liberation of Israel (Yom ha-Zikaron, May, 9) and the Day of Independence of Israel (Yom ha-Tzmaut, May, 10). Every called day is precious and important for us. How to have time for recalling and telling these events properly?

In the Jewish philanthropic foundation of “Chesed Sara” on May 8 there was a holyday meeting for veterans of the war, toilers of the home front and all interesting persons. St. George’s Ribbons decorated and a placard dedicated to the Victory Day an improvised stage. The librarian of the “Chesed” of Svetlana Katsnelson prepared an exhibition of books on the subject of the Great Patriotic War and of Catastrophe of European Jew. Here there were reminiscences of our residents of Nizhny Novgorod who had taken part in the war. The hall was full. In the first rows there were sitting the veterans, a lot of them wore ceremonial dresses with awards.

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Jewish Youth Seminar: a New Space of Relations

Since April, 29, to May, 1 in the sanatorium of “Dubki” there were the youth Jewish seminar “I and Another Person”. The organizer was the youth club of the Nizhny Novgorod Jewish society by financial support of the “Foundation of Mirilashvili”. There come to the seminar 84 persons from various cities: Kazan, Moscow, Ulyanovsk, Magnitogorsk, and Chelyabinsk. For teaching they had specially invited professional in the sphere of oratory, business and communication.

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Pesach 2011-5771 in the Nizhny Novgorod Jewish Community

On April 18, Monday, in the restaurant of “Shalom” there was celebration of Pesach. In the Seder there participated 180 persons. It was lead by the Rabbi of Shimon Bergman. In addition, there took part families of Rabinovitzes and Bergmans.

On April 19, Tuesday, in the synagogue there was a kids Seder. There took part 70 kids, for them they organized an excellent entertaining program.

On April 26, Tuesday, there was the prayer of Yzkor in which there took part more than one hundred Jews. This night there was “The Festival of Moshiah” in which there are several tens of guests.

The Rabbi of Shimon Bergman mentioned that this year it had felt festive mood: All the ordered Matzoth and grape juice had been sold (more than two tons!), and for the Seder and the prayer of Yzkor there had been no free seats.

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“I Have a Heart, and My Heart Has a Song”

Employers of the school of “Or Avner” is congratulating from the all heart Svetlana V. Deych with the excellent appearance at the 5th International Pedagogical Contest of “The Teacher of the Year-2011” in the nomination of ‘Subjects of Jewish Cycle”.
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They Published the 25th Issue of the Paper of “Be Yahad”. It Is Dedicated to the Holiday of Pesach

In the paper you have opportunity to read news of our community and school of “Or Avner”, information of programs of the youth club and the holyday of Pesach and to view the photo gallery from the holyday of Purim. From this issue of the paper we began to publish articles of famous persons of Nizhny Novgorod. The presenter of this rubric is the President of our community of Eduard M. Chaprak.

In this issue there is an article of Semen A. Lavochkin.

The paper is published in 3700 copies and is mailed all Jew of the city.

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Photo Gallery of the Holyday of Purim Which Was Celebrated in the Nizhny Novgorod Jewish Community

On March 20, Sunday, in the synagogue they celebrated the holyday of Purim in which there took part hundreds of kids and adults. At the beginning of the festival all assembled in the prayer hall and listened to reciting the Scroll of Ester. For the reciting they showed a dumb show film of the history of the holyday. At the end of the reciting all kids were invited to the conference chamber where they were waited by a jolly clown. After the show the kids took part in tens of contests and games prepared specially for the kids. At the same time in the prayer hall for adults there were appearance of artists of the Moscow Show Theater of “Tum Balalaika”. They were singing Jewish songs and made the festival to be very joyful and merry for adults too.

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They Published the 24th Issue of the Paper of “Be Yahad”. It Is Dedicated to the Holiday of Purim

In the paper you have opportunity to find the photo gallery of celebration of the holiday of Purim, news of our community and school, interesting articles etc.

The paper is mailed all Jew of the city.

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Mazl Tov for the Family of Bergmans in Connection of Birth of the Son of Rafael Amos

On February 6, Sunday, in the family of the Chief Rabbi of Nizhny Novgorod region of Shimon Bergman and his spouse of Yael there was born the seventh kid. According to the Jewish tradition for doing ceremony of circumcision they invited the Mohel of Shai Shofit from Moscow. The Brith Mila was done in the synagogue on February 13, Sunday. For the celebrating there also arrived the parents and an uncle of Shimon Bergman from Jerusalem. In addition, there were a sister of the Rabbi and her family from Moscow.

The baby was called Rafael Amos in honor of the farther of the Rabbanith of Yael Bergman. He had passed away two years ago after a serious disease.

We wish Bergmans Mazl Tov, health and peace.

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The miracle of Chanukah

This year the Chanukah was colored by sorrow in the all of Jewish world. In the fire there perished 41 persons; grave there suffered the unique National Park on the mountain of Karmel. How at a hard minute can we find a power to appeal to the Almighty with gratitude, how can we see a miracle? In the theater of ‘Komediya’ there was ceremony of investiture by the prize of ‘The Person of the Year’ which had already been traditional. The words uttered from the stage by the President of the Nizhny Novgorod Jewish Community of Eduard Chaprak were symbolic:

- The Almighty gives ordeals to all. However, how there respond people to them so He renders the people. Now representatives of all countries went to Israel for rescuing but not for murdering. Moreover, this is a miracle! Mazal Tov!

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