Jewish Community of Tbilisi, Georgia (Or Avner School & Yaldei Menachem Kindergarten).
Tbilisi has a Jewish population of about 10,000 out of a general population of 1.5 million. In 1998, an Academy for Jewish Studies was established. Other educational institutions are the Jewish Day School, a high school established in 1990, and a Beth Midrash for adults. Other activities organized by the Jewish community of Tbilisi include the celebration of holidays, concerts and lectures. The Jews of Tbilisi pray at the Georgian Synagogue or at either of the two Ashkenazi synagogues at Kozeveny Street. (via georgianjews.org)
Capturing Contemporary Life in the Caucasus Mountains with @darosulakauri
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“Every person you photograph, young or old, you have to bond, you have to connect,” photojournalist Daro Sulakauri (@darosulakauri) says. “I don’t think portraiture has an age to it.” Daro was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, then studied in the United States before returning back to her native country. She grew up surrounded by social change as Georgia regained its independence from the Soviet Union. “Everything happened in front of my house all the time,” she explains. While her early work was photographing her friends and family, now she says she likes to slip into the corners of other homes, too, capturing domestic moments that highlight contemporary life in Georgia: “Like remote villages, for instance, where you will never get a chance to meet those people and see the life that’s going on there — the light, the colors, the people, everything.”
In Georgia, rather than just dub the American version of the show, they went ahead and made their own version of The Simpsons. The Samsonadzes—which creator Shalva Ramishvili has taken great pains to explain is not a rip-off of The Simpsons—features a yellow skinned cartoon family lead by a dopey, chubby dad and an mom with a huge beehive hairdo living in Tbilisi. The show does differ from The Simpsons in a few key ways, though: Gela Samsonadze works at a bank, not a nuclear power plant; there are only two Samsonadze children, and they’re teenagers; they have a talking parrot; and they occasionally accidentally foil Vladimir Putin’s spy plots.