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Meeting with the Guests from Hungary

For many years KJJC is developing fruitful relations with foreign Embassies in Moldova. IN 2012 we started a new page in our international relations that promises to come one of eh most successful – cooperation with Hungarian Embassy. Several weeks ago KJJC was honored by the visit of Mr. Matyas Szilagyi, the Ambassador of Hungary in Moldova, later we had a meeting wit Mr. Sandor Csikos, Deputy Head of Mission, who will take part in the Global Day of Jewish Learning presenting information about Raoul Wallenberg.

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Meeting Partners and Friends

Two years passed and Ellen Cole (Miles Nadal JCC Executive Director) with her charming husband Mircea Popescu came back to the KJJC in the frames of the WJJCA Mentoring Program and Kishinev – Toronto partnership. We did not lose the contact during this time, but when you meet face to face it gives you an absolute another feeling and emotions of communication.

The program of the four-day stay in Moldova was as in 2010 full of meetings, visits and participation in the programs. Ellen and Mircea were please to communicate with the JCC youth and young journalists’ clubs, Museum curator, head of fee-for-service programs dpt., JCC based Peace Corps volunteer, meet with the local partners of KEDEM such as Valentin Rybitsky, Head of Russian Center of Science and Culture, Violetta Motulaite, Lithuanian Ambassador in Moldova, Nelly Proskurkina, head of educational dpt. of the Jewish Lyceum named after T. Herzl, have discussions with Mickey Katsif, JDC representative in the region, and of course, Stella Harmelina and Michael Finckel, who were accompanying them during the entire program.


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New Guests and Old Friends

During a week KJJC hosted two high visits. The first was a representative delegation from Joint-Israel and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel. The group got acquainted with Hesed and NES welfare programs, JCC youth club preparing for the camps in August, activities of Museum of the Jewish Heritage of Moldova. Mickey Katsif, JDC Director in Moldova, and Michael Finckel, JCC Deputy Director, informed our guests KJJC programs and activities, plans for the nearest future, challenges and strategy. In the end impressed guests wished successes to the Jewish Home. “We enjoyed seeing your beautiful center very much on our Moldova trip and we were very impressed by the variety and breadth of the programs you offer. Please continue to invest in Bessarabian Jews and we wish you continued success!” wrote Shoshana Strauss, one of the members of delegation.

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Greensboro and Beltsy Continue to Be Friends

For 12 years wonderful warm relations between two Jewish communities from Beltsy (Moldova) and Greensboro (North Carolina, USA) continue serving a good example of strong ties and connections over the Ocean. The main event of the year in the community is the Summer camp “Delet” (“The Door” in Hebrew) organized in Vadul-lui-Voda (35 km from Kishinev) and supported by Greensboro. 100 people from 10 years to 70, young couples, youth, people of middle age, whole families gather to have fun, learn, get acquainted with our history, traditions, wisdom and of course to meet Shabbat. Madrichim are both from Moldova and States.

“Every year we invent something new”, said Polina, Beltsy Hesed Yaakov Director. “Thanks to JDC efforts we established a real partnership with our colleagues and friends from Greensboro and see a good perspective for many years in the future”.

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