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Joshua Nelson – Kosher Gospel Prince, a Special Project by the KJJC

The project “Gospel Music in Moldova” initiated by the USA Embassy in Moldova and realized by the JCC KEDEM resulted to be more than successful. It was a visit by Joshua Nelson, Prince of Kosher Gospel, and a famous musician from USA who combines in his art Jewish and Afro-American traditions. More than this, Joshua has got his roots in Romania as his Jewish mothers’ mom came to the States from this country.
The program itself included three concerts in the National Philharmonic of Moldova, Beltsy and Rybnitsa Palaces of Culture where totally about 1,500 people admired the creation art of the singer and musician. Also Joshua Nelson gave master-classes and held meetings with the students of Academy of Music, Theatre and Arts, Theater Lyceum and Slavic University in Chisinau,   University named after A. Russo in Beltsy and Pridnestrovian University in Rybnitsa for over 250 people in total. The program included interviews for three TV Channels in Chisinau and Rybnitsa. During his stay Mr. Nelson was offered tours of all the three cities and reception by the Ambassador of USA in Moldova.

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American Jewish Committee Visits KJJC

“ July 11 was marked at the KJJC by a high delegation visit of the leaders of the American Jewish Committee headed by John M. Shapiro, AJC President, David Harris, AJC Executive Director, and Matthew Bronfman, Board of Trustees Chair.
Program of the visit to Moldova included meetings with the highest officials of the country, Ambassador of USA in Moldova, programs at the Memorial to Chisinau Pogrom Victims of 1903 and Memorial to Nazi Victims.
Visit to the Campus inspired the delegation members and they emphasized the importance of work with the young generations for the future of the Jewish community. At the campus delegation was met by the leadership of the local AJJDC office and JCC KEDEM.

“Holocaust Accumulated All Genocides”

On February 11 JCC KEDEM hosted a meeting with Paul Shapiro, Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the Holocaust Memorial in Washington. The impressive portfolio of our guest includes BA degree in Government from Harvard University; a Master of International Affairs degree and a Master of Philosophy degree in History from Columbia University.  He has been a Fulbright scholar, an IREX scholar, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University.  He is the recipient of the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2010) and the Order of Merit-Commander Class of the Republic of Romania (2009).

Mr. Shapiro served in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the United States Information Agency and Department of State, where he was responsible for the Fulbright Fellowship Program and other major international exchange programs.  Earlier, he was an Editor of the journal Problems of Communism and Editor in Chief of the Journal of International Affairs.  Mr. Shapiro served as a consultant to the Board for International Broadcasting, Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty, and the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI).  He performed the historical research that led to the denaturalization and deportation of the Romanian Archbishop of the United States, a former fascist leader in Romania, which was the first case, brought to successful conclusion by the OSI.

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More than Just Partners

Over three years ago a new Peace Corps volunteer joined JCC KEDEM team. It was just at the celebration of the US Independence Day when we said a warm farewell to the previous Peace Corps volunteer Ohad Sternberg.
Carl Donovan, an experienced consultant in finances and economy, became the third PC volunteer in the Jewish Center after Ohad and Adam Goodberg. All these three absolutely different but extremely enthusiastic, open, willing to do and improve, consult, act and change left a significant trace in the heart and activities of the JCC.
During this significant period of time JCC KEDEM became more than just business partner with the Peace Corps, its volunteers and leadership are regular and beloved guests at many JCC events and programs. And personal relations with “our” volunteers also turned to be more similar to friendship.

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