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Farewell to Moldova by Max Daniel, JDC ENTWINE Volunteer

After nine months of working with and living among the Jewish communities in Moldova, I am sad to leave the place and people that have been like a second home and family to me, and I will miss this city and country. But as I think about my time here, I look back with pleasure and joy.
Supported by the local and international JDC branches, I spent most of my time at JCC KEDEM, working with them and the different organizations located here. My weekly Hesed English classes, with its wonderful group of elderly students, taught me more than I taught them. Their excitement and enthusiasm made the class a highlight of my week. I also spent time with the youth club Haverim and helped them practice English and learn about American culture, and I got to know the young Jewish leaders here in Kishinev. I also enjoyed working with ICTPD, teaching English and business classes, developing classroom workbooks, as well as helping with various Jewish educational and holiday programming. Through the museum, I was also able to teach a few classes on Yiddish language and culture and explore the rich and deep heritage and intellectual legacy of Bessarabian Jewry. It was a great pleasure getting to know my colleagues from all the different groups, as well as my students, and I learned a lot about life in Moldova today.
Aside from work, I participated in local Jewish life and events, and I felt like part of the community. By meeting people from Chabad, the Jewish schools, the Jewish Agency, Moishe House, and elsewhere, I got to see the wide variety of the vibrant Jewish life in this city. I met people who are committed to seeing a lively and active present and future for Jews in Moldova, despite difficult circumstances, and work tirelessly toward their vision. I wish all my friends here great success and happiness in the future, and I look forward to visiting again sometime soon!”
We also wish Max successes in his personal and professional development, a long, vibrant and interesting life and thank him for all the good deeds and ideas he succeeded to realize while staying with us at the KJJC.