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International Partnership with Peace Corps

On August 13 Peace Corps Country Desk Officer, Shayla Summerhill, PC Country Director Janet Utecht accompanied by Jason Kreiselman, former PC volunteer in Ecuador visited KJJC as one of unique long-term partners in Moldova. Meeting took place at the Museum of the Jewish History of Bessarabia and was conducted by Michael Finckel, JCC Deputy Director and direct partner of Carl Donovan, PC volunteer at the KJJC, and PhD Irina Shihova, Museum curator.

Presentation and informing the guests about KJJC structure and organizations activities was very useful for general understanding of the scale and spectrum of programs. Brief tour of the Museum gave the notion about centuries-old Jewish community history in Moldova. After this a productive discussion about the past, present and future collaboration between KJJC organizations and Peace Corps took place and revealed a significant potential and perspectives.  

Following the meeting on Tuesday, JCC staff participated in a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Peace Corps (PC) in Moldova. The celebration reflected on the successes and challenges during the past 20 years of PC service with the hope of informing and guiding the work of the Peace Corps in the years ahead. Presenters included Mircea Snegur, the first President of Moldova, Mary Pendleton, the first US Ambassador to Moldova, Justine Murray, the first PC country Director in Moldova, and Jeffrey Goveia, a past PC country Director.