Meeting with Netanyahu at the KJJC
On Nov. 28 a special guest came to the KJJC. It was Iddo Netanyahu, Israeli physician, playwright and younger brother of the Prime-Minister of Israel. Of course, the meeting attracted a lot of people. Michael Finckel, who led the meeting, asked Iddo about the history of his family, his creative plans, impressions of Moldova, personal political and social thoughts about present and future of the State of Israel. Also people from the audience got the chance to ask questions. There many some about “Happy End” play that Iddo brought to Chisinau theatre festival, destiny of Yiddish culture and language, his preferences in literature, etc.
Iddo Netanyahu showed himself as a very intelligent, mild and deep personality who very politely but firmly expressed his position and views. In the end Stella Harmelina thanked Iddo for his time and meeting and granted a symbolic gift on behalf of the JCC KEDEM and Jews of Moldova.
Global Day of Jewish Learning – Again at the KJJC
On Sunday, November 16th, JCC Kedem hosted the Global Day of Jewish Learning in Chisinau. Various local Jewish organizations were involved and helped support the event, including JDC, the JCC KEDEM Volunteer Center and Haverim Youth Club, the International Center for Training and Professional Development, Hillel Kishinev, and the I. Manger Jewish library.
The Global Day is a yearly, international event that reaches nearly 400 Jewish communities in over 40 countries with the aim of uniting Jews around the world through education and learning. The theme this year was “Heroes and Villains, Saints and Fools: The People of the Book.” With over 200 participants and 18 different classes and activities at the JCC, the level of excitement and enthusiasm was very high among those in attendance.
After an opening presentation by different dance troupes and introductions by Volunteer Center manager Kolya Railean, JDC director Michael Shuv, and Elena Golub, an artist and one of the presenters, participants headed off to the wide variety of activities and classes. These included sessions about Krav Maga, Jewish dance, art, cooking, theater, music, and poetry. There were also several classes and discussions about traditional texts and figures from the Torah like Moses, Eve, Esther, and Deborah.
The day closed out with a wonderful comedy and theatrical performance, as the leaders and participants began to look forward to next year’s Global Day.