On June 5 ceremonial opening of photo exhibition « Jews in Russia: revival of traditions» took place at the Russian Cultural Center in Tel-Aviv with a large public gathering present at it.  It was organized by Renaissance of Traditions Fund «Jewish National Fund» with the assistance of the Representative office of Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) in Israel.

On June 5 ceremonial opening of photo exhibition « Jews in Russia: revival of traditions» took place at the Russian Cultural Center in Tel-Aviv with a large public gathering present at it.  It was organized by Renaissance of Traditions Fund «Jewish National Fund» with the assistance of the Representative office of Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) in Israel.

Opening the ceremony, the head of Representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Israel, Director of Russian Cultural Center in Tel-Aviv, Alexander Kryukov introduced Rafael Feinberg, Director of Jewish National Fund and Coordinator of  photo exhibition, and Roman Spektor, Deputy Chairman of the Fund Board.

Rafael Feinberg told guests that the exhibition resulted from photo contest that had been held from January to April of current year. More than 60 photographers from different cities and towns of Russia participated in it: from Arkhangelsk in the north of the country to Derbent, south; from Birobijan in the east of Russia to Leningrad region in the west.

Photos submitted for the contest were different in quality, which is natural as among the contestants one could see both seasoned experts, participants and prize-winners of different contests, and beginning photographers. Yet each photograph is interesting in its own way and tells us about the development of Jewish life in Russian Federation reflecting various spheres of it: religion, culture, education, philanthropy…

Rafael Feinberg, Director of the Fund, emphasized the fact that only a small part of all photographs submitted for the contest was displayed in Israel. Main exhibition consists of 80 photographs selected by a group of experts and approved by contest jury.  It will open in Moscow Photo Centre at Gogolevsky Boulevard on July 3 of current year and will be more diverse.

Roman Spektor, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Fund, conveyed greetings and best wishes to all guests on behalf of Vladimir Sternfeld, Chairman of the Board of the Fund, who, being busy, couldn’t come to the opening of the exhibition. «We hope that the exhibition will be welcomed by sophisticated Israeli audience and people living in different cities of the Land will see it, as it is for this purpose that the Fund donates it to the Russian Cultural Center in Tel-Aviv» - said Roman Spektor in conclusion.

At the end of the opening ceremony Alexander Kryukov said that Russian Cultural Center had already received requests from several cities of Israel for the exhibition to be shown there and expressed gratitude to the Fund on behalf of Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation in Israel for organization of the exhibition and for it being donated to the Russian Cultural Center.

Opening of the exhibition

Roman Spektor is speaking

General view of the exhibition

Interview to NTV channel

Gratitude to the Fund

Igor Stomakhin, Moscow
Chanukah at Manezhnaya (Manège) square.

Natalya Kruglikova, Bryansk.
Celebration of bringing a new Torah Scroll into Bryansk synagogue.

Mikhail Heifetz, St.Petersburg
Pesach in St.Petersburg synagogue

Alexander Chizhenok, St.Petersburg
From photo series «Festival in the synagogue».

Tatyana Kotova, St.Petersburg
From photo series «Yeshiva»

Last Updated: 28 March 2014