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KRASNODAR, southern Russia, August 23 (Itar-Tass) — The first 150 families moved to new apartments in Krymsk on Thursday. The town suffered from devastating floods in July.
“One hundred fifty families will become happy today. A housewarming party especially in such a modern and comfortable apartment building is always a great joy,” Alexander Tkachev, the governor of the Krasnodar territory, said at a ceremony on Thursday.
He added that another 400 families would get new housing in the neighborhood in September. A kindergarten for 108 children will be built here next year. A school and a polyclinic are being designed. Buses and minibus taxies operate in the neighborhood for the convenience of its residents. A special bus will take the local children to school.
More than 800 other residents in Krymsk have received housing certificates and have decided to select apartments themselves. The construction of another residential area is under way. Flood-stricken families will celebrate housewarming parties there before November.
Alexander Tkachev promised to turn Krymsk into a prosperous and thriving town.
In the meantime, a group of children from Krymsk and nearby villages has arrived in Israel for recreation and rehabilitation. A source at the Russian Jewish Congress told Itar-Tass that the young Russians would stay in Israel until September 5.
The charitable action was organized by the Russian Jewish Congress jointly with the Kuban Tourist firm that paid for the air tickets. Forty-six children aged 10-14 from the Krymsk Orthodox Sunday school arrived in the Holy Land. They are accompanied by several adults, Benni Briskin, the executive director of the Russian Jewish Congress, said.
The children will have a busy sightseeing program that includes visits to holy places. They will be received at the Russian spiritual mission in Jerusalem.
“We want to give these children the sea, the Sun and joy in order to distract them from a shock which they have experienced. Besides, their trip to the Holy Land, the center of three religions, will be of great spiritual value for them. It’s also important for us that this project will become another step to strengthening ties between the peoples of Russia and Israel. These ties should strengthen not only at the level of governments but also among humans from a very young age,” Briskin went on to say.
“We want the children to have a good rest and get acquainted with the country and its people. We want them to see their friendliness and hospitality. We hope they will have a good memory of Israel, Jerusalem, the Jewish people and their religion,” Briskin said.