More than Just Partners
Over three years ago a new Peace Corps volunteer joined JCC KEDEM team. It was just at the celebration of the US Independence Day when we said a warm farewell to the previous Peace Corps volunteer Ohad Sternberg.
Carl Donovan, an experienced consultant in finances and economy, became the third PC volunteer in the Jewish Center after Ohad and Adam Goodberg. All these three absolutely different but extremely enthusiastic, open, willing to do and improve, consult, act and change left a significant trace in the heart and activities of the JCC.
During this significant period of time JCC KEDEM became more than just business partner with the Peace Corps, its volunteers and leadership are regular and beloved guests at many JCC events and programs. And personal relations with “our” volunteers also turned to be more similar to friendship.
Stalin Killed the Top of the Jewish Culture and Literature
During many years tradition of conducting at the JCC KEDEM memorial event dedicated to Yiddish writers shot by NKVD on Lubeanca in 1952 continues.
Organizer and conductor of the program Sergo Bengelsdorf specially came from Israel where he lives now to hold the event.
Over 50 people listened with great interest to this sad and black story of a totalitarian Stalinist Anti-Semitic politics that took place after the World War II. Many Jewish doctors, writers, state and public figures were killed, arrested of suffered in other ways during this period of time.
“My mom poetess Lubov Vasserman spent seven years in GULAG”, told Sergo. “That is why for me this event has a personal and special meaning moving me to continue all kinds of activities to never forget it. For that time – end of 1940s and beginning of 1950s those people made the top of the Jewish intelligentsia, its culture and literature that Stalin wanted to eliminate.”
Poetry, music, songs, essays performed by masters and professionals invited by Sergo added the colors in the atmosphere and picture of the event.
“Yes, it is sad and painful, but so important to know about these events, these names and history”, said Olga, one of the spectators.