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Penn State Hillel: Leaving a Piece of Heart in Moldova

During a week of March 7-13 a visit of about 20 students of Penn State Hille came to moldova in the frame of the JDC and Penn State Hillel short-term service program.
The program was tight and included presentations and briefings of the JDC and KJJC activities in the country, home visits to Hesed clients, meetings with volunteers and staff of the local Jewish organizations, joint activities with the peers from Haverim club and the core of the program – volunteer work for the welfare center “Hesed Yehuda”.


“Our young guests made a big amount of job”, said Alexander Filipov, Hesed Director. “They helped in many divisions of “Hesed’, but the main – they renovated all the premises of our subdivision on Botanica district. I am admired and thankful for such help.”
In the end of the visit our guests left some impressions of their visit in the KJJC guest book:

“By interacting socially with our Moldovan peers we were reminded again how small the world is and how our similarities and common bonds are much stronger than our differences. I have much respect for the ways the KJJC has worked to adapt to the Jewish community’s varied and ever-changing needs. Visiting Moldova feels like an honor and a privilege – a chance to be part of something vibrantly, changing and integral. Experiences like these make me proud to call myself a Jew’, Alex Weisler, Penn State journalism student

‘I have been involved with JDC for years and this time as well it was obvious that a lot of time and effort were invested to make our stay in Kishinev special and memorable”, Erica Fishbein, JDC Program Consultant, NY
‘We have been planning this trip with the JDC for over 5 months and we did not know much about Moldova. Since being here we learned the community really is beautiful. They face many more problems than we do as Jews in America. We learned that we are one community; and I think that we will leave a piece of our hearts in Moldova”, Lauren Schuchart, Director of Engagement for Penn State Hillel