Kiev. The National Association of Ukrainian Cinematographers organized a show of the documentary "On Saturday I am King" on November 11. The movie is built as a story about Dvinsky family. Their descendant Vladimir is the film's director and script writer. The film's characters mourn over the fates of Yiddish and Shtetl languages, tell about pogroms, Holocaust and Stalin repressions.
Kiev. The Kiev Sholom-Aleikhem Jewish Musical and Drama Theatre opened its 12th season on November 15. It staged a premiere "Laugh, Tears and Love". The theatre's art director is Boris Mazur, a Merited Artist of Ukraine.
Birobidzhan. The VI International Jewish Culture Festival took place in Birobidzhan on November 22-25. Professional Chinese artists for the first time participated in the festival. They asked for music notes and songs in Yiddish in advance.
The festival included a tournament in hockey with a ball, presentations of new books, documentary shows and Jewish cuisine tasting.
Yekaterinburg. The new program of the Jewish community center "Menor" is called "New Jewish Names". For the second year already the community finds talented Jewish children and with the help of "Joint" allots grants for perfection of their skills. This year's scholars of the fund of help to talented Jewish children are young musicians: violinist, composer, pianist, flautist and vocalist.
Five participants of the program became prizewinners of All-Russian and International contests.
Kaluga. The performance of the Mikhoels youth ensemble "Alevay" became the highlight of the program at the party dedicated to the second anniversary of the city Jewish community. "Alevay" was created 4 years ago, and works today with the Tula Jewish community. The ensemble has made numerous tours in cities of the Russian Central Federal Region. On November 23, it participated in the Festival of Jewish Music in Birobidzhan, and afterwards left for Germany.
Irkutsk. The Second Festival of Jewish Book took place in the city. This year the festival has got the regional status. The administration of Irkutsk oblast was its co-founder. It was attended by representatives of Jewish communities from Angarsk, Usolye-Sibirskoye, Cheremhovo, Bratsk and Shelehov. There were presentations of books by Jewish authors, meetings with journalists and actors, and the opening of a book exhibition "Jews in World Culture".
The festival ended with a city excursion "Jews in Irkutsk. Late XIX-XX century".