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Sunday, 6 December 2009
Dec 7 2009 - Day of Mourning for the dead of Perm
Topic: Film Club
Dear visitors

in connection with the announcement in Russia and Russian institutions abroad
December 7, 2009 has been declared a day of mourning for the dead in the city of Perm

Thus the planned showing of the feature film

 "Peter on the road to the kingdom of heaven"

has been cancelled.

The film will shown at a later date and an announcement will be forthcoming accordingly..

Administration RCC

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 12:01 AM EST
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Grand Opening Day – Winter season at the Russian Cultural Center
Topic: Exhibitions

Grand Opening Day – Winter season at the Russian Cultural Center

On December 3
the Russian Cultural Center at the confluence of Russian  art lovers, opened two art exhibitions.
To celebrate the arrival of winter
, the RCC launched a collective exhibition of paintings by Israeli artists of the Russia's academic school of "Russian Winter ... in Israel."

In the unanimous view in the exhibition halls the familiar heart of immigrants from Russia  felt this winter chill.

The second exhibition - a personal exhibition of artist Victor Los (Simferopol - Ashkelon) "The most blue in the world ..." takes
the viewers to the shores of the Black Sea.

 A graduate of Simferopol Art College. N. Samokisha and art-graphic faculty of the Odessa Pedagogical Institute, B. Moose presented to the public pictures representing the ports and marinas, breakwaters and lighthouses, ocean liners, bulk carriers are massive and rapid fragile-looking boat, the sea in calm and storm, the coast at sunrise and sunset. Vernissage accompanied by friends from his childhood, almost all present songs about the Black Sea performed by masters of the Soviet stage.

During the opening ceremony of the RCC Director Alexander Kryukov presented diplomas signed by the Head of the Rossotrudnichestvo F. Mukhametshin to the permanent partners of the Center, chairman of the Association of Professional Artists of Israel Emile Vulfinu and  executive secretary of the association Boris Kotlyar.

exhibitions will  continue until the end of December.

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 7:01 AM EST
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Concert in memory of Nahum Gutman at the Russian Cultural Center
Topic: Israeli-Russian Artists
October 28 : The Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv hosted a literary and artistic evening dedicated to the life and work of an outstanding Israeli artist Nahum Gutman (1898-1980). The evening was dedicated to the exit of the light in Russian colorful album about the life and work of H. Gutmann and equipped with dozens of colorful reproductions of paintings and drawings of the master.

Welcoming the participants and guests of the evening, Director of the RCC, AA Kryukov noted the special place and the impact of creativity N. Gutman on the formation and development of the new Hebrew culture in the Jewish community of Palestine and Israel.
The works of the artist telling the famous Israeli writer, literary critic and art historian, Ehud Ben-Ezer, who knew the artist personally, and carried out the literary writing memoirs Gutmann "Between the sands and the blue of heaven." Because of the popularity, the book was translated from Hebrew into Russian and is known to readers not only in Israel but
also in Russia. Ben-Ezer also wrote the lyrics to the album Gutmann, issued originally in Hebrew.
Translate text into Russian album Efraim Bauch, a famous Israeli writer and literary critic, chairman of Federation of Unions of Writers of Israel spoke about the artistic and aesthetic creativity
and Gutmann's impact on the entire process of the formation of a new Hebrew culture in the twentieth century. This theme was also continued by Rina Jacques,Director of Tel Aviv publishing Mercury, which prepared and published a Russian version of the album.

The evening also featured two short films about the Israeli N. Gutmane shot in the 70 years of the last century, and the original children's books he illustrated much to the guests delight.

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 12:01 AM EST
Monday, 2 November 2009
Exhibition of the 195 th anniversary of Mikhail Lermontov
Topic: Famous Russians

In October this year we mark 195 years since the birth of the great Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841). The anniversary of the genius of Russian literature in the Russian Cultural Center's library in Tel Aviv launched the literary and art exhibition. Mysteries of fate and creativity MY Lermontov's still concerned about the hearts and minds of those who love and appreciate Russian literature. "This life was destined to produce a brilliant meteor ... and - disappear in all its glory ...», - so responded VG Belinsky of the untimely tragic departure of the outstanding poet.
The visitors are
offered the  RCC editions of Lermontov from new acquisitions in the library. The exhibition also presented a book about the life and work of MU Lermontov, written by K. Paustovsky, I. Andronikov, G. Gulia and other prominent Russian writers. It shows the material from the encyclopedia "The Golden Book of Russian Culture", dedicated to the poet, the album eloquently tells of Lermontov memorial places in Russia, M. Vrubel illustration to the poem "Demon" and reproductions of works by Lermontov himself as an artist.
For philologists, specialists in Russian philology and Russian teachers compiled a selection of interesting methodological developments lessons on the material of MY
Lermontov from the fund of the Cabinet of the Russian language RCC.

Creative classics of Russian literature
are known and appreciated in Israel. The exhibition includes a Lermontov's poetry in the Hebrew translation of Israeli poet and a prominent statesman Moshe Sharett (1894-1965).
Visitors can listen to an audiobook of Lermontov's poetry and watch video on the poem "Borodino", performed by masters of art of reading Mikhail Kozakov.
The RCCs
web-site section "Literary Calendar"  has been devoted to the jubilee MY Lermontov's materials about his life and work, accompanied by music and poetry videos.

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 8:19 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 12 December 2009 8:22 AM EST
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Conference of the Russian-Israeli association Zemlyachestva
Topic: Russian Associations
Conference of the Russian-Israeli association Zemlyachestva

October 15 in Rishon Lezion a conference of the asset-Israeli association Russian Zemlyachestva (Worth) - Israel's largest union, which includes numerous organizations come from the Soviet Union - CIS. Worth has more than 20 regional and municipal offices in all corners of Israel.

The conference was attended by Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Russia AL Yurkov, Russia's consul VA Yukalov, Attache for Cultural Affairs of the Embassy AV Fyodorov, Russia's Consul General in Haifa IV Popov, the representative of the FA Rossotrudnichestvo in Israel, Director of Cultural Center in Tel Aviv, AA Kryukov.

The forum was also attended by a delegation of visitors from Moscow headed by director of the Moscow House of Compatriots YI Kaplun, which also included representatives of the Fund "Russian World" and members of the leadership of the International Council of Russian countrymen.
The conference was opened by chairman  ME Reif who greeted the diplomats and guests from Moscow and Worth activists

Then participants congratulated the representative of the Embassy of Russia, and then the representative of the Rossotrudnichestvo AA Kryukov read a congratulatory message to the leadership and delegates of the Conference of the head Rossotrudnichestvo FM Mukhametshin. AA Kryukov also handed ME Reif a  gift - a colorful released album about Moscow.
In his speech, chairman of the Worth M. Reif, and delegates named the Russian zemlyachestva Israel priorities: assistance to veterans and disabled veterans of World War II, the liquidators of Chernobyl, economic and scientific-technical cooperation with organizations in Russia, the implementation of educational projects to preserve the Russian language, attraction to the work of young people.
The Conference decided that in the coming year, activities Worth will mark the celebration of 65 anniversary of victory over fascism.

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 3:12 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 12 December 2009 4:27 AM EST
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Celebration 2-nd anniversary Russia's cultural center in Tel Aviv
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: RCC Festive Occassions

Obshestvo IRAS - Russian Cultural Center Tel Aviv Liaison


Celebration 2-nd anniversary
Russia's cultural center in Tel Aviv 
October Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv at the confluence of numerous guests of the celebratory evening to mark the second anniversary of the RCC.
At the entrance to the building of the Center guests' attention attracted a large screen on which a non-stop slide film was shown, reflecting the activities of the Center. A special holiday atmosphere created the popular melodies and songs of Russia's Variety 70-90-ies.
Opening celebration and welcoming the guests in the evening, Director of the RCC, AA Kryukov told about the formation and development of various activities of the Center for the past two years of steady close collaboration with artists and veterans' associations, organizations of immigrants from the Soviet Union - CIS, print and electronic media in Israel.
Honorary guests of the evening were the Ambassador of Russia, PV Stegniy and Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of Russia AL Yurkov, Russia's diplomats, as well as the delegation of visitors from Moscow headed by director of the Moscow House of Compatriots YI Kaplun, which also included representatives of the Fund Russkiy Mir"Russian World" and members of the leadership of the International Council of Russian countrymen.
Among the participants in the evening, arriving to congratulate the staff of the center of the second anniversary, was chairman of Russian-Israeli association "Zemlyachestva" M. Reif, well known distinguished Russian Author , children's literature A. Alexin, executive secretary of the Union of Russian writers of Israel L. Finkel, the head of the Union of Professional Artists of Israel E. Vulfin, Director Jerusalem Russian libraries K. Elbert, president of the Union soldiers and partisans - Disabled war with the Nazis R. Cladonia Rangiferina, representatives of the Union Veterans of the Second World War-fighters against Nazism, the chairman of the Union of the Leningrad blockade S. Bahrul, head of the Union of Chernobyl liquidators A. Kalantirsky, Chairman of the Association of Graduates of Soviet and Russian universities, Dr. H. Andraus and leaders of other Russian-speaking community organizations.
 The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Israeli establishment, numerous employees of Russian electronic and print media, famous writers, artists and performers, for two years now fruitfully cooperating with the RCC.
In the course of the evening a concert of classical music was given, performed by the winners of international competitions Harry Naimark (piano), Svetlana Yarovitsky (violin) and singer, soloist of the Israeli Opera Galina Malinsky, warmly greeted the audience.
The celebration on the activities of the biennium Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv, was held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere and lasted until late evening.

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 11 December 2009 7:44 PM EST
Friday, 30 October 2009
30.09.09. First Russian (Russky Mir) Center Opens in Tel Aviv
Topic: Russky Mir Foundation

30.09.09. First Russian Center Opens in Tel Aviv

On September Ç0 the Open University of Tel Aviv hosted the opening of the first Russian Center in Israel.

This initiative is part of a global project run by the Russkiy Mir Foundation. The project aims at promotion of the Russian language and culture worldwide. By now 36 centers have already been opened in different countries.

The Open University of Tel Aviv is the second largest higher educational institution in Israel with the number of students exceeding 45,000. The university is known for implementation of the latest computer technologies and distance learning programs.

The Russian Center in Tel Aviv offers free access to fiction and science fiction books, educational materials, books on methods of the Russian language teaching etc. The center will also become a meeting point for all people interested in studying Russian and in enhancing their communication skills. This initiative is expected to maintain and strengthen cooperation between Russia and Israel.

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 12:59 PM EDT
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Introducing Farit Mukhametshin, Director of Rossotrudnichestvo
In September 2008 Rossotrudnichestvo was established.
Here is their story in short.
ITAR-TASS 122: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MAY 25, 2009. President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev  meets with Farit Mukhametshin, Director of the Federal Agency for Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) and Special Presidential Representative for Relations with the CIS, at the Kremlin. 
June 17-18,2009 - Moscow, 
A meeting of the heads of representative offices of the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) took place in Moscow on June 17—18. It looks like the “soft power” activities, which have been fading away in the last 10—15 years, are about to get a fresh start.

An organization called in its heyday “Union of Soviet Societies for Friendship and Cultural Relations with Peoples of Foreign Countries” (SSOD) fell, along with the Foreign Ministry, the Academy of Sciences and other highly professional organizations of intellectuals, victim to the “Time of Troubles” following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The seizure of the famous Friendship House on Vozdvizhenka Street (Yusupov Mansion), the venue of opening ceremonies for a variety of “Days,” “Weeks,” “Ten Days” of Friendship, culture festivals, and protocol events of numerous societies for friendship with different countries, was the most conspicuous expression of the disgrace of those in power at the time. Valentina Tereshkova, the world’s first woman cosmonaut, who was winding up her activities as SSOD’s head, also hardly managed to repel attacks on other real estate properties, especially those located abroad. In the course of ensuing changes, SSOD was renamed Roszarubezhcenter and subordinated to the RF Foreign Ministry. The organization ceased to be an independent organization, and its already meager funding was curtailed even more. In order to survive, the representative offices based abroad were compelled to look out for sources of extra-budgetary revenues to cover the expenses on the maintenance of buildings, the payrolls, etc. It was not until the last few months that the situation began to change for the better. Obvious political and economic problems emerging in the post-Soviet space and Russia’s tarnished image in the world might have been the reasons behind it. In September 2008, Rossotrudnichestvo was established under President Dmitry Medvedev’s decree. One month later, F.M. Mukhametshin, former Ambassador of Russia to Uzbekistan, a seasoned diplomat, was appointed head of the organization. Administrative changes accompanying every restructuring took some time.

On June 17, shortly after F.M. Mukhametshin’s meeting with the RF President last May, the heads of the representative offices and friendship societies got together at the “Russkoye Zarubezhye” (“Russia Abroad”) library. It is these people, real professionals of “people’s diplomacy,” who have dedicated dozens years of their lives to studying the languages and cultures of their neighbors on the planet, are the guardians of good traditions of VOKS, SSOD, Roszarubezhcenter, and friendship societies; it was they who helped residents of different countries across the globe to get familiar with Russian literature and music, study Russian and helped those, who had left their native country for various reasons, keep up ties with their Motherland in both Soviet and post-Soviet times. They waited for statements about how much their work was needed, they also waited for the pledge to bring back decent funding to “soft power” and for an expression of respect for them from the highest power echelons.

What they heard could not only inspire their optimism. Already in his opening remarks F. M. Mukhametshin quoted the President of Russia as saying at the meeting on May 25 that “the establishment of the Agency was prompted by the need for carrying out more serious and more organized work designed to strengthen and develop the Community of Independent States.” He also stressed that Rossotrudnichestvo must turn into a channel of communication with other countries, serve as an effective means of inter-civilizational dialog and become therefore a vital tool of this country’s foreign policy. The head of Rossotrudnichestvo called the Agency’s systemic activities, a rethinking of its activities, and the development of fresh, innovative approaches taking into account the realities of the rapidly changing world a priority task facing the whole of the staff. In accordance with a long-term plan envisaging the opening of the Agency’s Russian science and culture centers, such centers must have been set up in more than 100 countries by 2020.

On behalf of Foreign Minister S.V. Lavrov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia A.V. Yakovenko called “the strengthening of the integration structures in the CIS space, which ensure the objective communality, our only competitive advantage,” a crucial task. He emphasized: “Rossotrudnichestvo has all the prerequisites to become a unique channel of conveying Russia’s ‘soft power,’ this country’s ability to influence its partners and the general public abroad, while building on this country’s civilizational, humanitarian, foreign policy-related and other kinds of attractiveness. A.V. Yakovenko pledged the senior officials and the staff of the new organization an effective support of the Foreign Ministry’s top management and the Russian diplomatic missions abroad.
S.N. Lebedev, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, reminded that the Community will mark its 18th anniversary in December and that Russia will assume the organization’s chairmanship in 2010. The CIS is living, working, and improving, it has good prospects, said the speaker, and urged “to shape relations with CIS not only in terms of economic benefit but from the perspective of geopolitical expediency as well.”

Having said this, he urged Rossotrudnichestvo to initiate and coordinate humanitarian cooperation programs with a view to forming a single education and cultural CIS space.
“I’m profoundly convinced that Russia’s might and authority not only depend on the results of ongoing economic and social processes but also on how our country is represented in the world arena,” said A.M. Babakov, deputy chairman of the State Duma. “We have every reason to believe that a structure has now emerged that will address this issue effectively, and all we can do is only give it our help.”

After reading a message of greetings from S.M. Mironov, Chairman of the Federation Council, A.P. Torshin, his first deputy, stressed that all the participants in the meeting are imbued with the spirit of creativity and initiative and are ready to formulate robust proposals on the further development of Russia’s relations with CIS member countries and other states and also proposals regarding a greater effectiveness of international humanitarian cooperation.

M.Ye. Shvydkoy, the President’s representative in charge of international cultural cooperation, said, “Rossotrudnichestvo has gathered for the first time in the wake of serious organizational changes. All of the colleagues of mine who are present here are participants, veterans, and invalids of many predecessor organizations and are therefore concerned about a stock-taking of emerging difficulties. There are a lot of such difficulties, which are mostly new and linked to new challenges facing the Agency in a world where many things, including Russia’s role, have changed.” He called for the gathering to “play all instruments and before all audiences” and promised help from the Foreign Ministry and its overseas diplomatic missions.

K.I. Kosachev, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the State Duma, wished the meeting participants success in their new mission “linked not only to the fact that the previous failed in a certain sense but also to the changes occurring in the world and changed working methods.” The use of “soft power” implies an impact on the shaping of elites and through them a growing impact on the target territories of interest to us. It is something that our rivals in the post-Soviet space, in Georgia and Ukraine, for instance, are engaged in. They often prove more effective than we in the spaces where there is a vacuum of other interests. Rossotrudnichestvo is called upon to become Russia’s “soft power.”

A.Ye. Busygin, Deputy Culture Minister, O.A. Rozhnov, Deputy Minister for Youth, Sports and Tourism Affairs, A.V. Ochirova, chair of a committee of the Public Chamber, and M.A. Gusman, Deputy Director-General of ITAR-TASS, came up with greetings and cooperation proposals in specific fields of activities. The address made by V.A. Nikonov, Executive Director of the “Russkiy Mir” foundation, aroused a particularly lively interest. His organization is engaged in much the same work abroad in parallel with Rossotrudnichestvo. A slide show illustrated the account of the head of the foundation that has been around for a mere two years. The speaker reported that there are already several Russian Centers operating abroad. In CIS countries alone, there are more than a dozen of such centers.

“It is very essential for us to interact with the representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo based abroad and to share the use of these platforms. We want ‘Russkiy Mir’ to be not just a reminder of the past but a dream of the future of our great people and our great civilization, which has the capacity to bring the world the ideals of freedom, justice, dignity, and the sovereignty of a civilization and a nation that is able to live in peace with itself and the rest of the world,” V.A. Nikonov emphasized.

After a break, F.M. Mukhametshin presented a detailed report. Yu.Ye. Prokhorov, Director of the Pushkin Institute of the Russian Language, A.G. Bystritsky, Chairman of the State Radio Broadcasting Company “The Voice of Russia,” G.L. Muradov, Director of the Department of External Economic and International Relations of Moscow, and L.I. Shvetsova, a member of the governing board of the Russia-France Society, outlined opportunities for interaction with Rossotrudnichestvo. The ensuing discussion involved representatives of Russian compatriots’ organizations and societies for friendship with different foreign countries.

The second day of the meeting’s deliberations was dedicated to the discussion of the introductory report of the CEO of Rossotrudnichestvo. The remarks made by the heads of representative offices operating in a variety of countries contained both their concern about the prevailing situation and their optimism. The “soft power” professionals are now set for a fresh start.

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 12:12 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 20 February 2010 12:31 PM EST
Monday, 3 August 2009
Announcement 4th August 2009 - Opening Season
Topic: Opening Season
The Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv and the 
Associastion of professional artists of Israel
invite - August 4 at 18:00
opening of the season 2009-2010.

In presentation 4 personal exhibitions:

Maya Karakes (Herzliya) «terracotta World»
(miniature sculptures)

Catherine Weaver (Moscow) «color, image, fantasy»
(Work 1970: drawings and applications)

Gregory Firer (Ashkelon)
«The country of Israel: from Eilat to Akko»

Valentin Skoda (Rishon le-Zion)
«Yesterday, today and always»
(Painting and Graphics)

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 6:14 AM EDT
Friday, 28 November 2008
Head of the RCC Tel Aviv, Dr Aleksander Kryukov meets Secretary General of the EAEK, Mikhail Chlenov
Topic: Russian-Jewish Relations
Contacts were intensified recently in the Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv during a meeting of the representative [Roszarubezhtsentr] in Israel, Director Dr Alexander Kryukov and the Secretary General of the Eurasian Jewish Congress EAEK , prominent Jewish public figure and scientist Mikhail Chlenov (Moscow). 
The Head of the RKC-RCC Tel Aviv greeted the guest on behalf of roszarubezhtsentr, showed him
around the center and acquainted the guest with the common directions of the RKC-RCC work in the sphere of culture, teaching of the Russian language, information and development of public- cultural connections with the public and professional creative associations of Israel.
The expanding of fruitful collaboration between the  RKC-RCC representation and the veterans unions of Israel and the associations of descendants from the USSR- CIS was discussed in great length.
In turn, the Secretary General described the history of the EAEK's creation (2002), the structure and the basic public- information and the activities of the EAEK , which now counts more than 1100 Jewish organizations of 30 countries of the CIS and the Asian-Pacific region. The Secretary General of the EAEK emphasized that the important aspect of the activity of this representative organization is the development of interfaith dialogue with the Christian and Moslem community. Mr Chlenov quoted the President of the EAEK, the leader of the Jewish congress of Kazakhstan Alexander Mashkevich, who recently stated that EAEK is confident that the dramatic events, which occur today in the Near East, do not serve any strategic interests of neither Islam nor Judaism.
In completion of the meeting the Leader of the Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv  [Roszarubezhtsentr] and the Secretary General of the EAEK agreed to continue their contacts and outlined some general directions for future collaboration in the cultural sphere.

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 9:29 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 28 November 2008 9:53 AM EST

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