For the first time in Moldova “Hevruta” project where over 220 people participated took place in the KJJC.
What does “Hevruta” mean? Is it a Festival or Conference? Or it is just a dream to gather together and feel Jewish, get new knowledge and spend a nice time, choose freely any kind of classes, lectures, occupation? Probably, all this is correct.
In fact, the word “hevruta” from Hebrew means a traditional method of learning in pair. It is being compared with two knives that beat one another to find truth and sharpen individual qualities of the partner.
The main principles of “Hevruta” are democracy, freedom of choice, uniting around the Jewish knowledge, and volunteerism.
Simultaneously six various classes were conducted in different rooms of the KJJC. Everybody could choose a lecture on Torah or medieval Jewish poets of Spain, dance classes, learning songs in Yiddish, or painting.
Doctors in History and Economy, theater manager and famous singer, professors from Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, diplomats from Israel and students from JAFI youth club and Hillel organization made the spectrum of classes unique by its variety and interests.
Organizers used “Hevruta” for fundraising aims as well and during the day $70 were gathered through Tsedakah to help one of the needy families served by the Jewish Family Service of the KJJC.
“We missed such serious and informative gatherings, such deep discussions that develop us and move us to Judaism in its very different manifestations”, told Pavel Gulkovich, “Hesed Yehuda” Board member.
“We should mention a titanic work of the organizers who succeeded in foreseeing everything – kosher style coffee-break and lunch, set of materials with the logo of “Hevruta”, distribution of the classes, nice concert in the end of the program. It was really one of the best days in my life”, confessed excited Anna.
“Hevruta made its first step”, said Michael Finckel, chairperson of the conference organizational committee. “The first step in uniting Jewish families, organizations, and community. We hope it will be successfully developed for many years.”