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PAGE 10 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, They aren't what they used to be, but shtetls mark a decade of ByVladimir Matveyev tionintheformerSovietUnion At the concert, Violetta with mixed background from that caters specifically to the Karpenko, the chairwoman of becoming active in commu- K 0 R S U N needs of Jews in small com- the Reform Jewish congrega- nity affairs. SHEVCHENKOVSKIY, munities, lion in Zvenigorodka, per- "These people cooperate Ukraine (JTA)--The death of The association was formed the Yiddish songwith the Jewish movement the shtetl appears to be exag- launched 10 years ago with "Shpilt a Freilakhs." Since it and share its ideals," said gerated, help from the New-York-based repaired and remodeled its Klavdia Kolesnikova, the edi- Of course, shtetl life does Jewish Community Develop- own synagogue, her commu- tor of the association's news- not even begin to approach ment Fund in Russia andnity has become one of the paper Nadezhda, or Hope, the heights it reached a cen- Ukraine, agroupaffiliatedwith major spiritual centers of the published monthly in tury ago, when thousands of the American Jewish World region. Korsun-Shevchenkovskiy. theselittle townswere thelife- Service. Elena Mironova, a Jewish "Where canwe now find many blood of Jewish life in Russia, Martin Horwitz, the fund's community worker, was born halachic Jews?" she asks, us- Ukraine and Poland. chief executive, said the asso- in Zvenigorodka. She leads ing theword for Jewish law to But after a century of de- ciationwas anattempt to sub- Shabbat and holiday services indicate Jews born of Jewish cline, the last decade has seen vert the typical view on Jewish at several of the communities mothers. "So, we keep our a revival in Ukraine of Jewish revival that developed in the in her region, and also works doors open to anyone who shtetls. West after the collapse of the as the teacher of Jewish tradi- shares Jewish traditions and Three towns that are mere- Soviet Union. lion. work with us." Despite the bets of the Association of Jew- "Tenyearsago, many people She said the small-town as- predominantly festive mood ish Communities of Small in both America and Israel sociationisresponsibleforthe at the association's anniver- Towns of Ukraine, which has thoughtthatJewishlifewould growth of interest in Jewish sary celebration, some Jew- helped engineer a Jewish re- only develop here in large cit- tradition among those Jews ish activists spoke openly vivalindozensofsmallercom- ies, while in smaller towns it who live in communities with about the problems their munities, havetheirownSun- would die away. Today's cel- no permanent Jewish facili- communitiesare facing.Most day school, ebrationprovesjusttheoppo- ties. cited the aging of the com- Twelve ofthe communities site. The association has "Jews, who previously had munitiesandJewishemigra- support their own music and brought Jewish life back to no knowledge of Jewish reli- tion as the most serious chal- dance ensembles, and nine the smallest of towns." That gious life, are now coming to lenges. have libraries, revival was on display at are- the Zvenigorodka synagogue, David Turovsky, head of the Some of the typical pro- cent concert, some from as far as 200 kilo- Jewishcommunityinthetown gramsthesecommunitiesrun Under a banner hanging meters away. Our own com- ofBrovary, said,"Youngfami- include Yiddish clubs, Jewish across a lavishly decorated munity is quite small, so the lies with children are leaving cooking circles, midrash stage that read, "We were not very fact that every holiday for Germany and Israel. The learning groups, family and left behind here---we live brings together 100 to 150 youth leaves because it is diffi- women'sclubs, anddiscussion here," Jewish children and Jewsfromasmanyasl0nearby cult to find jobs in Brovary. groups, adults from Ukrainian shtetls towns is aholiday in itself." As Minyans cannot gather "Throughourwork, thevery spent four hours proving that part of the celebration, an regularly. At the same time, psychology of the people has there's more to contemporary opening of a museum on Jew- we are trying to involve all changed," said Pyotr shtetl life than the nostalgia ish shtetl history was held in thosewho stay to keep Jewish Rashkovsky, the president of reflected in productions of going in our town." That the association. "Those who "FiddlerontheRoof."Thecon- The exhibition, titled "We could be difficult, given the were afraid to even say the cert included performances of Were Born in Shtetls," in- predilectionoftheyoungerset word 'Jew' aloud, now say it Yiddish and Hebrew songs, cludes 450 exhibits from 28 to move away. proudly for all to hear." The Jewish dances, Yiddish poetry small Ukrainian towns, repre- "I would prefer to live in a AssociationofJewishCommu- readings and mini-plays from senting both religious and big city," said Sasha Blinder, nitiesofSmallTowns hassome the repertory of local Jewish secular aspects of life in Ukrai- 1 I, of Zvenigorodka. "I would 5,000 members living in 40 theater companies, nian shtetls, like to live abroad." His senti- communities in the Kiev and Unliketheircounterpartsin Afeatureofsmall-townJew- ments are similar to those ex- Cherkassy regions of central larger cities, Jewish leaders in ish life is the large percentage pressed by young Jews a cen- Ukraine. 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Jews were easy prey for the "In 10 or 15 years some0 Nazis.MostJewswhoremained these towns may in them at the beginning of fewer Jews, in others World War II were killed, but Jewish life will Forhispart, Horwitzdoesn't here," he said. Scene Around Continued from page 9 Want to be a volunteer? Two lovely ladies in our community Life, a beautiful magazine for those living in the area. SHEILA KRAMER and JUDITH TOPPER told me latest issue, out on October 27, contains a listing opportunities in our area, as well as interviews and hJ on some of the largest non-profit organizations such as On Wheels. | DEXTER the Beagle digging in the mud. | With Chanukah coming, there is also an article about gid]-J pets as gifts when it's appropriate and when it's not. Jt If you get a copy of the magazine, look for photos of a B~ puppy named DEXTER. He is one of my very favorite peol,]][ |. (Yes, Virginia, you read it right! To me, Dexter is peoP~~t U IL, Put on your dancing shoes k This Sunday evening, Nov.23, the Altamonte Springs ~f~"l Ensemble Will perform for your dancing pleasure beginn!~J "- ~tjt 7 pm at the Orlando North Hilton Hotel, Altamonte Spri0~ iI d gl~ 1 ~ Bar The terrific band is under direction of my dear frien,r~ll .~ ARENA, and features a singer I truly respect, LINDA C I know there are many dancers among my readers 4o delighted to tell them about this elegant evening for READY FOR THIS? Would you believe five dollars per person? (Wow even my cheap oops I mean deep, ticket deep er frugal spouse will spend $5 for an dancing. I'll pay for myself.) For further information, call 407-322-7528. No need to RSVP. Just show up and l at the door. while you glide along the dance floor, 1: Mike and Linda. How about one more joke for the road? A man walked into a restaurant with a full- behind him. Both sat down and a them. The man said, "I'll have a hamburger, to the ostrich and asks, "what's yours?" The ostrich said it was having the same. When the waitress returned with the check it said ', the man put his hand in his pocket and pulled out the amount and he and the ostrich left. They the man had tuna on rye with milk exact same. When the waitress brou man reached into his Then both left. The next day the man and ostrich returned ordered a steak with veggies and some fine wine. ordered the same exact thing. When the waitress brought the check for $46.17 an# reached in and pulled out the exact amount, she curious and asked, "How do you always manage to come the exact amount of money in your pocket?" The man explained, "Several years ago attic and rubbed it. A genie came out and offered me two' My first wish was that whatever I have to pay for it matter what it is a steak, a Rolls Royce, just put my hand in my pocket and the exact a out. at thq My second wish was for a tall chick with long agree with everything I say."