Kazakhstan. The first book about history of Jews in Kazakhstan was published in Almaty. Its articles speak about the history of Jews, who lived on today's Kazakhstan territory in the XIX and early XX centuries. It also contains a large number of archive documents, never published before.
Russia. Seminar "Hevra Kadisha", dedicated to traditions of Jewish burial, was held on October 29 - November 1. Rabbi Sheitnin, who specially came from Israel, made a report on this topic. The "Culture of Jewish Religious Social Organizations" center, which organized the seminar, invited mainly representatives of European communities. David Kizhner, representative of the Tomsk community, turned out to be the only one invited from Siberia.
Russia. The third Jewish culture scientific and practical conference of the Association of National Universities was held on October 22-24. It was called "Jewish Traditions in National Education" and took place in Korolyovo under Moscow. Members of the Ukrainian delegation, besides plenary sessions, also took part in two plays - "Bar Mitsva" and "Jewish Wedding".
Russia. The Jewish book festival ended on November 21 in Nizhni Novgorod. It included a number of book exhibitions and concerts. Books in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian were presented by book funds of the "Tsvi Girsh" society, the Nizhni Novgorod synagogue and the Jewish Agency of Russia. The festival was organized by the Nizhni Novgorod Jewish Culture Society "Tsvi Girsh" and the Nizhni Novgorod Judaic Religious Community.
Azerbaijan. Semen Ihilov, Head of the religious community of mountain Azerbaijan Jews informed that unknown villains destroyed about 50 gravestones and monuments in the Jewish cemetery in Baku. According to his words, such incidents had already happened before.
The Azerbaijan government warned Jewish organizations about the awake of radical Islam groups after a few mosques were closed by the authorities because of their contacts with extremist Muslim movements.
Moldova. The "newly born" Kishinev Jewish theatre "Teatron Shaliah", which will exist as business enterprise, staged its first play for the large audience.
The theatre producer Ilya Shats chose a very complicated play for the premiere. It was called "Contrabass" and was written by Patrick Zuskind - a playwright, well-known in the West. Igor Karas, a talented actor from the Eminesku theatre, played the main role and thanks to him the performance was a success.