Russia. An exhibition of Jewish painters' works, organized by Jewish agency, has taken place in Saint Petersburg. Lectures and seminars on Jewish traditions were held within the frames of the exhibition. Books on Jewish culture were represented at the exhibition, as well. The exhibition turned to be another step in performing of long-term program of involving CIS Jewish painters into traditional Jewish and Israeli culture.
Previously the exhibition was held in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev. Soon it will be presented to Israeli population in Presidential palace in Jerusalem.
Russia. An international scientific conference "120 years of Jewish emigration from Russia", organized by the Jewish agency together with Moscow University and Center of Jewish culture "Sefer" has taken place in Moscow. Themes on history of Jewish emigration from Russia and struggle of Soviet Jews for the right to depart from USSR were among others. Conference organizers are going to make it a yearly forum. Besides, creation of a research center of Jewish emigration from Russia is planned.
USA. 6th festival of Jewish cinema, where nearly 30 films from around the world were represented, has taken place in Miami. The director of cinema festival Florence Kaufman informed all films tell about Jewish community. Thus, they were interesting for Jews as well as for all willing to learn more about Jewish culture and traditions.
Australia. An orchestra of Jewish students has existed in the Moria College for several years. They are aged between 12 and 18. Their favourite composer is Gershvin. The orchestra program is called unique in complexity and refinement. During the tour around North America guys gave concerts in Los-Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas. Before returning home they would give concerts in Baltimore and New York.
Isarel. Second festival of culture in Yiddish, organized by municipal government of Raana together with National department on Jewish culture, took place in Raana December 1-10. Songs and melodies of Eastern European Jewry performed by the "Simphonet Raana" orchestra were played during the concert at the festival opening.
USA. When a group of students from a Jackson city college (Tennessee state) addressed themselves in 2001 to the Holocaust theme, no one ever thought this would bring them to publishing a 200-page book about the gloomiest period in new history. Students gathered their notes, verses and paintings and published them alongside with an introductory article by their lecturer.