May 29, 2006 Rainbow of Jewish Diaspora Festival
“Shalom”, said Lev Koretz, the director of the Israeli Cultural Center, in welcoming hundreds of guests at the Pago club in Arcadia, in celebrating a night dedicated to Israel. His welcoming speech, delivered in Hebrew and translated to Russian, set the theme for the rest of the evening. Pictures of Israel flashed in the background of the open air stadium as Yulia Makarenko and Alex took their audience on a journey through Israel's primary cities and sites. Hebrew music entwined with local Odessa tunes were heard tough out the evening. Dance performances by various youth ensembles and Migdal entertained the crowds, while live music performances and the unforgettable solo act of the saxophone player left everyone screaming for more. Members of all circles of Odessa.s Jewish community danced the night away in celebration of Israel's culture and history. Even the light drizzle of Odessa's midnight skies did not stop the evening from being a success.