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WJR – Moldova Contacts: Mission 2030

During three days of October a new mission from WJR, one the most reliable and old partners of Moldova Jewish community, have visit our country. This time it was an early 30’s age group called WJR 2030 Mission accompanied by a crew for filming WJR’s Annual Fundraising Film. Members of the group are donors and belong to various WJR committees.

The program was intensive and diversified as always: they visited Hesed community welfare center in Rybnitsa and KJJC in Kishinev, made home visits to NES and Hesed clients, ‘Casa Noua’ project, met with participants of Vocational Training Program run jointly by WJR, ORT and Center of Training and Professional Development, and were briefed on the JDC and KJJC activities.

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Our Partnership with Toronto Continues

During a whole week October 4-8 JCC Kedem hosted one of the most intensive and nice visit of the last several years. In the frames of Toronto-Kishinev partnership we received Ellen Cole, Miles Nadal JCC Executive Director, and her husband Mircea Popescu, who is originally from the neighbor Romania. The visit has become possible through support of the World JCC Association.

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Visit of the Year

On May 24 the Kishinev Jacobs Jewish Campus was filled in by a special atmosphere. This day we hosted the Jacobs family members whose donation made the Campus possible almost five years ago.

Mrs. Joan and Mr. Irwin Jacobs headed the delegation and this time they brought their son Gary with his wife, son and daughter and daughter’s friend. The first point of the program was lunch with representatives of youth clubs and organizations of the Campus. Then our guests entered the Campus itself. It was not so easy to embrace all of dozens of rooms and programs active in the premises, but they could get at least a general picture of what is happening during a day in the KJJC.

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Goodbye, Friends!

For over three years a wonderful traditional Jewish family from USA stood in Moldova. Daria Fane worked at the USA Embassy in Moldova on position of the Head of Economic and Political Dpt., Rav Reuven Schlenker, her husband, and their two smart and fidgety kids Alexi and Bentsi.

During these years Daria and Reuven took part in all significant events of the local Jewish organizations – holidays of Purim and Pesach, Shavuot and Chanukah, days of Jerusalem and Israel, memorial days of Holocaust, they spoke on “Hevruta” sessions and inauguration of monuments on the places the Shoah tragedy in Moldova. And who will forget brilliant Reuven’s art exhibitions made in unique “Shiviti” manner.

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Guests from Far Away

Renee Friedman, JDC Associate in Sydney, Australia, who works to develop a JDC presence within the Australian Jewish community, and Naomi Levin, journalist and Deputy editor of the Australian Jewish News, based in Melbourne, visited the Jewish community of Moldova for the first time. Moldova became one of the parts of their program that also included Hungary and Saint-Petersburg in Russia

 

In our country they were in Kishinev and Beltsy and paid a lot of attention to the KJJC programs.

 

 “The story of Moldova’s Jewish community is not only very important but very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your wonderful passions with me”, wrote Naomi in the KJJC Guest Book.

 

 Meetings with JDC welfare programs clients who receive assistance through Hesed and Jewish Family Service, cultural and educational programs developed by JCC and Center of Training, young leaders of Hillel and Haverim youth clubs helped to build a picture of the present local community and possibly the aspirations and plans for the nearest future.

 

 “Thank you for your warmth and hospitality. Your professionalism and dedication is inspiring. JDC and your work with JDC symbolizes for me what it is to be Jewish”, said Renee in the end of the visit.