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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 146

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Date: December 21, 2005

Participants: Lipovetskiy, Moisha Motylevich; Abelsky, Zalman (Rabbi); Shraybman, Marina Mikhailovna; Bengelsdorf, Sergo. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Moisei Lemster, Dovid Katz.

Location recorded: Chișinău, Chișinău Municipality, Moldova

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Moldovans

 Recording Content:   

The first brief part of this recording is the continuation of a formal interview with Sergo Bengelsdorf. (Part 3 of 3. See MDV 144 and MDV 145)

The second part of the recording includes a formal interview with Marina Mikhailovna Shraybman, born 1940 in Chelyabinsk. She is the wife of the renowned Yiddish writer Yekhiel Shraybman. Includes footage of synagogue.

The third part of the recording is the beginning of a formal interview with Moisha Motylevich Lipovetskiy, born 1925 in Chisinau. (Part 1 of 3. See MDV 148 and MDV 149)

The fourth part of the recording is a formal interview with Zalman (Rabbi) Abelsky, 1927 in Moscow. (Part 1 of 3. See MDV 147 and MDV 148)

00:00:00 Bengelsdorf shows his birth certificate.
00:00:44 The camera cuts to the next interview with Shraybman, who herself is not Jewish. She shows newspaper clippings and speaks about her husband Yekhiel Shraybman's work and dream to become a Yiddish writer.
00:07:13 Shraybman speaks about how she met her husband in 1969. She then speaks about her husband's publications. Shraybman also addresses how she learned Yiddish.
00:13:57 Shraybman shows manuscripts by the Yiddish writer Moyshe Altman.
00:17:03 Shraybman speaks about the paintings on her wall.
00:17:48 The camera cuts to an informal conversation with Lipovetskiy.
00:19:35 Lipovetskiy provides personal information and speaks about his work. He is a trained chauffeur, locksmith and teacher. He taught physical education at a Moldovan school. He then addresses his life and education before the war. Lipovetskiy attended a Yiddish school and religious school (talmud torah). He then speaks about his life today and family. Lipovetskiy's children live in Israel.
00:24:55 Lipovetskiy provides personal information.
00:26:20 Lipovetskiy speaks about his family.
00:26:56 The camera cuts to the formal interview with Rabbi Abelsky. He discusses his contemporary work, as well as contemporary Hasidic groups. Abelsky owns a newspaper.
00:35:24 Abelsky provides personal information and addresses his life during World War II. He evacuated to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Abelsky then studied at an underground yeshiva in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. He then talks about his life after the war. Abelsky explains how he escaped from Samarkand in 1946 to Munich, Germany, where he continued his yeshiva studies for one year. Abelsky was then sent to Romania, where he lived for three years. He then speaks about his teachings and work in Israel after the war. Abelsky moved to Chişinău in 1989.
00:44:11 Abelsky provides personal information and addreses his position as rabbi in Moldova. He then speaks about his work, Hasidic religious discourse and contemporary Chabad-Lubavitch figures.
00:54:52 Abelsky addresses contemporary Jewish life in Moldova, as well as his teachings.
00:59:43 Abelsky talks about the contemporary Lubavitch yeshiva in Chişinău.
01:00:46 End of recording.