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For several years now, the association “Maalot” promotes the idea of creating a Jewish Heritage Center of the USSR. Now this idea is starting to materialize. At the initiative of "Maalot" Mayor of Lod Yair Revivo, together with the representative of Russian-speaking repatriates in the city council, Elvira Kolikhman, decided to establish a Center in the city. At the first stage, the mayor's office will allocate "Maalot" the premises in which the association will transfer all its activities. At the same time, the mayor's office will begin the process of allocating “Maalot” a suitable plot of land for the construction of the Center building.
Mayor Yair Ravivo – "Natives of the USSR make up a significant part of the population of the city, so it would be quite natural if the Jewish Heritage Center of the USSR was created in Lod. We will actively contribute to the implementation of this idea, including assistance in negotiations with the relevant ministries and departments.
Elvira Kolikhman – “Lod is in the very center of Israel. It is convenient to get here from all over the country, including thanks to the two railway stations operating in the city. So we expect a large flow of visitors to the Center. And besides, in the area of Ganei Aviv, where the construction of the Center is planned, today there are about 20 thousand immigrants from the USSR. And the new district currently under construction, adjacent to Ganei Aviv, will almost double their number. So the Center will have a supportive environment.”
David Schechter, head of Ma'alot – “In the premises we have received, we will immediately begin to hold musical and creative evenings, organize exhibitions of immigrants from the USSR, including new repatriates who come from Russia in large numbers. That is, the Center will begin its work even before the construction of the building.
Maalot Association Press Service.
Illustration: so in accordance with the project developed by " ;Maalot" the building of the Heritage Center will look like.
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