Beis Chayeynu

by Nathan Hamm on 7/1/2004

Laurence directed me to a bit of good news about Uzbekistan’s Jewish community. A new, locally produced Jewish newspaper is already a success.

With a circulation of 1000 copies, the newspaper follows Jewish news and covers the holidays, weekly Torah portions, the Kabbalah, and timetables for lighting Shabbat candles. The newspaper also publishes articles on cultural life in Uzbekistan.

Since being selected as a council member for the Uzbekistan Government’s Committee on Religious Affairs earlier in May, Jewish community Chairman Boris Shimonov had identified some of the future plans for the community, including the promotion of publishing activities and joint conferences for Jewish organizations of Uzbekistan.

While members of the local Jewish community and the Women’s Club regularly enjoyed browsing through newspapers and magazines sent from Israel, they have all been eagerly awaiting a source for locally produced Jewish news.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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