Opening Asia for Russia

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Yana Aizikovich, Chairman of the Board of the Association of Russian-Speaking Women in Israel, and Olga Zagorskaya, press secretary of the Coordinating Council of the Organization of Russian Compatriots in Israel, are talking via video link from Tel Aviv with Compatriots TV magazine host Ksenia Antipova.

Yana Aizikovich: Hello! You see that we are all wearing masks, and our quarantine has not yet been completely lifted, unfortunately. We are very happy for Russia that quarantine has been practically lifted. We are very happy for you. It is very important for us! 

Ksenia Antipova: The first question is for you, Yana. When and under what circumstances was it decided to create the "Association of Russian-Speaking Women"? 

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Yana Aizikovich: Over a year ago The non-profit organization "SWAN-Russian-speaking women of Israel" was created. The creation of this organization was supported by the Coordinating Council of Compatriots in Israel, and Rossotrudnichestvo, and the Russian Embassy was welcomed, because the organization set as its goal assistance in holding various events for Russian-speaking compatriots. After working for more than a year, we realized that the organization is already moving beyond the non-profit structure and is growing throughout Israel. & nbsp;

Before the coronavirus started, we traveled around Israel, talking to women and their families. A large number of people decided to participate in a public organization, so we decided to make it the "All-Israeli Association of Russian-Speaking Women in Israel." We have chosen representatives in the north, south and center of the country. By the way, I want to tell you that in the south of Israel in the city of Eilat, the organization is headed by the artist Irina Markov-Shagal, the great-niece of the artist Marc Chagall. Now the Charter of our organization will be adopted, deputies will be selected. 

We have several directions, including the art direction, the direction of psychological and legal assistance to women in various situations. There is a direction - assistance to women who have suffered from domestic violence. And the author's program of Alexander Vodianov is a program that helps Russian-speaking women integrate with their families into the life of Israel. Here people have a different mentality. In order to integrate, you need to somehow show your strengths and understand how you can be useful to your country. 

Our culture has remained with us, our language has remained with us, the language of our fairy tales, the language of our childhood, the language of our history. As they say, “We are all Russians, because we are Russians inside! We are Russians in our mentality! We are Russian in spirit! Not because we have some kind of nationality in the passport, we were brought up in this system of values and, I want to tell you, this system of values is at the highest level. 

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Ksenia Antipova: You have already named several areas that you will work on. Will cultural events and strengthening of cultural ties also become a priority for the Society? 

< b>Yana Aizikovich: I would like to give the floor to Olga about the cultural direction in the “Public Association of Russian-Speaking Women in Israel”. 

Olga Zagorskaya: If we talk about cultural events held in Israel, there are a lot of them. For my part, I focus on children's events that take place in Russian in order to preserve the language in the children's families. 

Our children do not speak Russian in schools and kindergartens. And when a child begins to speak Hebrew, he goes through the reverse process of translating from Hebrew into Russian, which is closer to him. Of course, the connection is lost, the language is lost, it becomes a secondary language in the family, because even parents are forced to speak Hebrew with their child. Therefore, very often we hold children's events. 

Charity events are the first part of our work. As you know, we have a lot of children's clinics where children are brought from all CIS countries and Russia. Very often we invite our local artists who speak and work in Russian and go to the hospital. 

The second part of the activity is the invitation of artists from Russia. Namely, children's theaters, children's groups that come with great pleasure. We arrange tours for them all over the country. The difficulty lies only in the fact that sometimes children do not understand what the artists are talking about on stage. That is why we try to ask children's theater troupes to speak slowly, clearly, and understandably. So that children understand what the essence of the performance itself is. I really hope that the children will not forget the Russian language. He is very beautiful with us! & nbsp;

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Ksenia Antipova: Let's talk about the events that have already taken place. Which projects do you remember the most? 

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Yana Aizikovich: So many activities! Let's start with the one we carried out jointly with KSORS. It was a New Year's Disco Ball. 

Olga Zagorskaya : We took the red carpet format as an example. We had children as journalists, children as correspondents, children as DJs. 

Naturally, there were many zones: the zone of stickers - tattoos, the zone "Letters to Santa Claus for the next year", the zone "Santa Claus and Snegurochka, where the children were photographed. There was a buffet area where children were served by adult waiters. We carried out such a project in several cities of Israel. 

Yana Aizikovich: The next project is called “Ode to a Woman”, which brings together amateurs, non-professional artists, non-professional masters of their craft. We have women who are talented in some specific things. Someone makes perfume, someone paints pictures, someone writes poems in Russian, stories, books. These are not professionals. We gather such women and arrange evenings where they can express themselves, show their creativity. We spent 5 such evenings, and during the coronavirus we made a virtual exhibition “Ode to a woman. Virtual exhibition of paintings. 

On the Day of Russia, we stretched the flag of Russia with a size of 600 square meters in Tel Aviv, on the Embankment. There were so many people! The Israelis passed, asked, smiled, congratulated in Hebrew "Happy Day of Russia!". It was very nice! 

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Ksenia Antipova: Yana, I know that one of your projects dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory was not quite ordinary. Share the details with us. 

Yana Aizikovich: You know that it was impossible to celebrate Victory Day because of the coronavirus. But I'll tell you, personally, as a person, like Yana Aizikovich, for the 5th year I have been a participant and one of the organizers of the auto-moto race "From Metula to Eilat", which we hold on May 9th. As a rule, we do this on May 3-4, that is, we are the first to open the celebration of Victory Day in Israel. 

You know that Israel is the second country in the world in which May 9 Victory Day is an official public holiday. In 2016, we went to Eilat for the first time - this is the southern point of Israel. We had 5 bikes and 3 cars. This year was the 5th auto-motor race. See how significant is the 75th anniversary of the Victory Day and the 5th auto-moto rally "From Metula to Eilat" and it is called "Heavenly sluggards". We had about 80-100 Israelis, that is, people who do not know Russian at all. We rode in a column through the whole of Israel - from the northernmost point to the southernmost. We had photos on the windows of cars. We were driving around the city, I burst into tears, because people in hostels, where the elderly live, exhibited photographs of their loved ones. We raised our eyes and there were photographs of loved ones. It was to tears! 

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We did it, unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, June 15, already after May 9. And on May 9, the mayors of different cities of Israel gathered near the monuments. Representatives of the Embassies of various CIS countries and the Russian Embassy were invited, first of all. 

In my city where I live, in Bat Yam, the flag of Israel, the flag of Victory, was raised, the Red Banner was flying during like our mayor said. He is not an Israeli, he is a Pole, he is not a Russian. There were representatives of the Embassy. We bow to them for supporting us and giving us the opportunity to honor the memory of the heroes who fought and gave their lives during this terrible tragedy. 

On June 22, the day the war began, at 4 a.m., we held a huge Zoom conference with many countries of the world, which took place in various cities around the world. We honored the memory of the heroes who died and survived during this terrible catastrophe. 

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Ksenia Antipova: You work in a hospital, it's a lot of work. Why did you also want to engage in social activities? 

Yana Aizikovich:< /b> All my life I have been engaged in social activities. I was a producer. The creation of such an association is an internal essence, because “Russian” is not a nationality, “Russian” is a spirit, it is our soul, it is our essence. Wherever we are, we are still Russians, no matter what is in the column in our passport. & nbsp;

Ksenia Antipova: Yana, what goals and objectives of the “Association of Russian-Speaking Women in Israel”? 

Yana Aizikovich : First of all, the creation of projects and participation in them for the development of the Russian language and culture, so that our women can pass on culture and language to future generations, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren in the name of preserving the mentality in generations. 

Preserving the memory of the Great Patriotic War and the ability to prevent history from being rewritten is very important to us. We will also seek in the Knesset that "March 8" also become a public holiday. & nbsp;

Then - legal and legal assistance to Russian-speaking women who find themselves in a difficult situation in Israel. So many women come here and cannot write in Hebrew. Being able to help get the document right so you can apply to whatever organization you need to get promoted or be able to get a job is important. 

Russian language courses in city halls are also one of the important tasks so that the children of new immigrants who were born and raised in Israel, could attend these courses to preserve the language and mentality. 

Psychological help is very important. We call this the “Integration Program”, so that a person feels needed here, in this country, so that he reveals his strengths and can apply them correctly so that he does not lose himself. The psychological aspect includes assistance in difficult psychological situations. If we are talking about domestic violence or harassment at work, in addition to legal, we also need psychological help. We have this Program and with the help of the mayor's office of various cities we give lectures on psychological assistance to women who find themselves in a difficult situation. 

Another important aspect is the parent club. This is a program that we run jointly with the Israeli Ministry of Education. This is a Program that teaches parents to communicate with their children. This must be taught. This is great art. 

These are the tasks that have been set. When they are completed, we will go to others. So far, our “Association of Russian-Speaking Women of Israel” has such tasks. 

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Ksenia Antipova: Yana, how do you see the future of the organization? Do you have ideas that you would like to implement? Is there anything planned for the near future? Any projects, events? 

Yana Aizikovich: First of all, in Germany to hold an exhibition of Irina Markov-Chagall. It's already planned. 

We are currently working on a program for the Days of Moscow in Israel. We hope to get out of the corona crisis and, even if it's a little compressed and there are a small number of people, at least it will be streamed online. 

On September 10, here at the Russian Cultural Center, we are showing a film about the Lokomotiv hockey team that died in 2011 . The film was shot in America, it was allowed to be shown by the creators of this film. This is an absolutely charitable event, and we can then continue to show it around the cities of Israel.


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