New Connections Overseas
During March 11-12 JCC KEDEM received an interesting and very nice guest’s visit. Kayla Green, a third-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania came to Moldova with a group of colleagues who gave a series of presentations in various towns and settlements of the country on topics connected with Immigration issues. But Kayla had a special mission during the visit.
“As an American Jew with Bessarabian roots, my visit to the JCC Kedem was both a homecoming and a history lesson. I was struck by the hospitality of the JCC staff as well as the institutionalized knowledge of local Jewish life throughout history”, she said.
Kayla gave three additional presentations at two Jewish lyceums of Chisinau and one at the KJJC for IRIM university students. This meeting was organized thanks to efforts of the Center of Training of the KJJC.
Kayla graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University with a degree in Judaic Studies, having completed a thesis on global comparative Holocaust portrayal. Last year, Kayla was an Associate Editor on the Journal of International Law, President of the Jewish Law Student Association, and Director of the International Human Rights Advocates. Kayla spent her fall semester at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland. She received the Salzburg Cutler Fellowship for her essay, “Illuminating the Black Hole: An Analysis on the Impact of Red Cross Inaction during the Holocaust on its current Approach to Humanitarian Action” which seeks to evaluate the impact of the ICRC’s regret for its moral failure during the Holocaust on its current approach to humanitarian action.
Exhibition from the Jewish Debrecen
The second Jewish community in the modern Hungary is situated now in Debrecen that is also the second after Budapest city in the country. On March 6 a unique and very interesting exhibition of modern artists’ works about Jewish history of the city was presented at the KJJC. Opening ceremony was conducted by joint efforts of the Hungarian Embassy in Moldova and JCC KEDEM. High guests from Hungarian government including the state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and leaders of the Jewish community of Debrecen took part in the ceremony.
Over 100 people came to the event and then had the opportunity to see very different but all emotional and touching pictures about 200 years history of Debrecen Jewish community. The exhibition will stay at the KJJC for over 1.5 months.
The event was covered by the local TV and mass-media and became another example of the JCC KEDEM international connections development.