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JHI in Moldova – Teaching to Live

On March 15-21, there was a current JHI (Jewish Healthcare International) mission in Moldova, which turned out to be very unusual and even special. It was definitely about the quality and not the quantity, as it was a one-man-mission, but the Man proved to be extremely efficient. Dr Leon Fay had written a guide for homecare workers which was translated into Russian by Hesed volunteer doctors Elena Deseatnicova and Octavian Cenusa and published as a 150-page book Homecare Workers: How to Help an Elderly Client. During the three 8-hour seminars the book was introduced to 98 caregivers from Chisinau, Balti, Tiraspol, Bendery and Rybnitsa.

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New Meetings - New Horizons

On February 4 a meeting was conducted between Ambassador Dirk Shubel, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, and Dr. Dirk Lorenz, Politics Officer of the Delegation of the European Union, with Mickey Katsif, JDC Representative in Moldova, and JCC KEDEM senior staff.

During the meeting Mickey Katsif, Stella Harmelina and Michael Finckel told about the programs and activities run by “Joint” and JCC in Moldova and Kishinev and plans on 2010. Heads of the EU Delegation informed about the main sectors they support in Moldova and agreed to pay the return visit to the KJJC and take part in a row of joint events as dedicated to the Day of Europe, important international dates.

Both sides agreed to meet further and cooperate in the spheres of tolerance, educating young generation in the spirit of esteem to cultures, tradition and history of people living in Moldova and exchange of relevant information.

10 Years of Cooperation and Help

Jewish Healthcare International (JHI) is one of the organizations that render significant assistance to the Jewish community of Moldova. However, its anniversary was marked not only by the Jewish population but by many medical institutions and doctors of our country as well.

“JHI unites doctors from Israel, USA and other countries”, told Natalia Alkhazova, JHI coordinator in Moldova. “It is an NGO for which the main profit is in assisting people”.

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The First Guest of the Year

PR-activities of the KJJC in 2010 started with the 1st official meeting with Mrs. Elena Belyakova, new General Director of Moldova Interethnic Relations Bureau.

Meeting with the JCC KEDEM leaders was very fruitful, the sides found a lot of common in the plans for the year. Conducting joint festivals for children and youth, round-tables on vivid and actual themes, exchange of plans and experience with Bureau and other ethnic communities and organizations, education of tolerance among people of young generation where included in agenda.

Mrs. Elena Belyakova also visited Museum of the Jewish History of the KJJC and generally expressed her gratitude and admiration of the level and amount of work being done in the Jewish Campus. It was decided to held Festival of Art at the KJJC and round-table at the Bureau named “2010 – Year of the Cultures Convergence” by the end of March.

Response to the Need

World Jewish Relief (WJR) is one of the most reliable partners of the Jewish community of Moldova during the last six years. The word WJR is already good known for many clients of Hesed and Jewish Family Service clients not only in Kishinev, but in Beltsy, Tiraspol and Rybnitsa as well.

WJR missions became a constant and exciting moment for the community organizations and programs participants. This time it was not exclusion. The group of WJR sponsors and staff came for intensive three days that included visit to Rybnitsa, home visits to needy Hesed and JFS clients, meetings with Hillel Students’ Club, Haverim, JCC youth club and participants of the project – Vocational Training for Vulnerable Women that is being run by KJJC Center of Training and Professional Development. On the last day two excursions – of the Jewish places of Kishinev and of the KJJC programs – took place.

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