JCC KEDEM New Project - "Makorok": Inspired by Jewish texts
"In the beginning G-d created heaven and earth ..." so begins the book of Genesis, so start Jewish texts that composed the Torah, Tanah, Talmud. These fundamental books not only for the Jewish people, but for the whole of Western civilization, inspired for centuries philosophers, musicians, poets, painters, sculptors.
And now, a few years ago in a small Israeli settlement Emek Hefer, an idea to unite the power of these texts with the power of today's youth energy was born, and "Makorok" project was established, which was combined from two words: "Makor" - in Hebrew "source" and rock, as musical direction. The project first became popular locally, and then across the country.
In June of this year, the World Conference of the Jewish Community Centers in Budapest, held under the patronage of the JCC Global, Caracas (Venezuela). Bucharest (Romania), New Jersey (USA) and our KEDEM joined the initiative of this project. At the suggestion of a proactive Chisinau, which JCC KEDEM senior staff members Stella Harmelina and Michael Finckel represented, the project received the name of Global Mackorok updated and expanded its borders from only rock music to any - chamber, classical, jazz, and even singing, choreography, visual arts .
Musical Competition – Again of Success
A real winter came to Chisinau. With strong wind, cold and snow. But all this did not stop over 200 of kids from Chisinau, Tiraspol, Dubasari, Beltsy and other towns and the same number of their parents, grandparents and teachers to come to the JCC KEDEM on Sunday, Dec. 28 and take part in the 5th Annual musical competition named after Zlata Tkach.
This time the geography of the competition widened as we were honored to host students of the famous Stolyarsky school from Odessa that gave a series of world known names. And this year we can call our competition International.
Again the best professionals became judges in four instrumental categories subdivided in three or four age groups. The competition itself lasted from 9:00 a.m. until 6-7:00 p.m. Then it took time to distribute places, fill in diplomas blanks, call to happy winners and invite them to the Gala concert that took place next day in the hall of National Philharmonic of Moldova, the co-organizer and main partner of the event.
Again the full hall, applauses and agitation, bright performances of the best participants, prizes from sponsors and honorable guests.
“It is every year again, but every year special, it is very important for kids and their families, no less important for the teachers and concert masters, for us, the judges and probably for the future of the musical culture of our country!”, exclaimed Maestro Ion Gutsu, Director of the Art School named after A. Styrcha.