On October 19 the nice weather of Moldova Indian summer helped to conduct the first soccer Tishrei Cup. The tournament was initiated by the JCC KEDEM and supported by Maccabi-Moldova, Jewish Family Service, Hesed Yehuda, Jewish Community, Hillel and lyceum named after Rambam.
Friendly atmosphere, music and dozens of spectators helped to raise the mood of the players. In the end Hillel team that recently was the 2nd in all-FSU Hilleliade that took place in Odessa, won the Cup. Vladimir Tsinkler, the honorary inspector of the Cup, a legendary Soviet soccer striker, now the head of Holocaust survivors, thanked all the participants and handed prizes to the best teams and players.
On September 21, JCC KEDEM participated in the annual festival for ethnic groups in Moldova, which took place in Stefan cel Mare park. Spread throughout the park were Roma, Armenian, Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian, and Gagauzian groups, among many others, alongside the Jewish “street.”
The Jewish street was one of the busiest and most crowded areas throughout the whole festival. Among the different Jewish organizations were several that are part of KEDEM, including the Haverim youth club, Tolerance Club, and the new Volunteer Center. Other participants on the Jewish street included the local Chabad, the Jewish library, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and many others. Onlookers enjoyed the singing, dancing, and music from the Jewish groups, as well as eating foods like matzahas well as apples and honey for the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday.
All kinds of people showed up to see and hear about the happenings on the Jewish street, from babies to the elderly, to families and teenagers. The vibrant and enthusiastic atmosphere marked another successful year of JCC KEDEM’s participation in the ethnic festival and illustrated the important role of the Jewish community in the diverse fabric of contemporary Moldovan life.