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New Connections Overseas

During March 11-12 JCC KEDEM received an interesting and very nice guest’s visit. Kayla Green, a third-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania came to Moldova with a group of colleagues who gave a series of presentations in various towns and settlements of the country on topics connected with Immigration issues. But Kayla had a special mission during the visit.
 
“As an American Jew with Bessarabian roots, my visit to the JCC Kedem was both a homecoming and a history lesson. I was struck by the hospitality of the JCC staff as well as the institutionalized knowledge of local Jewish life throughout history”, she said.
Kayla gave three additional presentations at two Jewish lyceums of Chisinau and one at the KJJC for IRIM university students. This meeting was organized thanks to efforts of the Center of Training of the KJJC. 
 
Kayla graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University with a degree in Judaic Studies, having completed a thesis on global comparative Holocaust portrayal. Last year, Kayla was an Associate Editor on the Journal of International Law, President of the Jewish Law Student Association, and Director of the International Human Rights Advocates. Kayla spent her fall semester at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland. She received the Salzburg Cutler Fellowship for her essay, “Illuminating the Black Hole: An Analysis on the Impact of Red Cross Inaction during the Holocaust on its current Approach to Humanitarian Action” which seeks to evaluate the impact of the ICRC’s regret for its moral failure during the Holocaust on its current approach to humanitarian action. 

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Meeting with Netanyahu at the KJJC

On Nov. 28 a special guest came to the KJJC. It was Iddo Netanyahu, Israeli physician, playwright and younger brother of the Prime-Minister of Israel. Of course, the meeting attracted a lot of people. Michael Finckel, who led the meeting, asked Iddo about the history of his family, his creative plans, impressions of Moldova, personal political and social thoughts about present and future of the State of Israel. Also people from the audience got the chance to ask questions. There many some about “Happy End” play that Iddo brought to Chisinau theatre festival, destiny of Yiddish culture and language, his preferences in literature, etc.
 
Iddo Netanyahu showed himself as a very intelligent, mild and deep personality who very politely but firmly expressed his position and views. In the end Stella Harmelina thanked Iddo for his time and meeting and granted a symbolic gift on behalf of the JCC KEDEM and Jews of Moldova.

Partnership with Sweden

On November 7 Ms. Ingrid Tersman, Ambassador of Sweden in Moldova, visited the KJJC. Michael Finckel, JCC KEDEM Deputy Director, met our high guest. During the visit  saw the Museum of the Jewish Heritage of Bessarabia, she was deeply impressed by the information about the KJJC organizations activities as well as by new exhibition opened recently in the frames of Bessarabia Jewish Renewal concept and photos of old synagogues of Moldova.

One of the central issues of the meeting became partnership between our institutions and the nearest aim is cooperation on planning the UN Day of the Holocaust Victims Memory in January 2014.

Cultural Partnership: We can do a Lot!

On May 27 by initiative of the JCC KEDEM a meeting with the main partners of the JCC took place. Such kind of forum took place for the first time gathering about 25 people representing at once Moldova state official structures (Ministry of Culture, Union of Composers, National Philharmonic, Municipal Dpt. of Education, Youth and Sports), foreign diplomatic missions (eight embassies were present), international NGOs (Peace Corps, JDC, UNESCO), business community (“Hendrix-Bail” company): 
Stella Harmelina, JCC Director, and Michael Finckel, JCC manager in finances and administration greeted the audience and told about the most successful experience in realizations joint projects of the last years. This impressive list included musical competition named after Zlata Tkach, concerts and festivals, Holocaust memorial programs, cycle of programs dedicated to Kishinev pogrom in 2013, Tolerance club activities and Museum projects.

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Developing Partnership in the Community

On August 22 KJJC received a visit of the new 1st Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel in Moldova and Israeli Cultural Center – David Mamistvalov. David has experience of work and collaboration with the JDC and JAFI. With the family roots in Georgia, he lives in Israel for over 17 years. Last years he worked in Ukraine and now came to Moldova. 

Michael Shuv, JDC Director in Moldova, together with Stella Harmelina and Michael Finckel, leaders of the JCC KEDEM, met the high guest, conducted presentation of the KJJC organizations activities and acquaintance with the programs.

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