Chanukah Marathon 5774 in JCC KEDEM
During eight days of the longest and one of the most expected and bright Jewish holidays - Chanukah – JCC KEDEM organized events. And as traditionally Chanukah is one of so called children’s holidays many of them were aimed at kids.
The first candle was lighted in the yard and shot by a local TV channel. Among the intensive Chanukah program we should mention joint festive Shabbat of the JCC youth club “Haverim” and Israeli Cultural Center club ‘Tsofim” that was conducted in a night club for 500 guests, a big Chanukah party at KEDEM with nice concert program, awards to the best volunteers of the year and traditional sufganiyot, a Chanukah Limmud program for children from non-Jewish schools of the city with master-classes on the Jewish tradition and culture, and a special holiday program at one of Chisinau boarding schools with gifts and songs, music and congratulations that kids there are usually deprived of.
Besides this the KJJC participated in the first and last candles lighting near the Russian Drama Theater (former choral synagogue in the pre-War period) events organized by Chabbad Liubavitch and the Jewish Community of Moldova.
“I know that this holiday symbolizes our victory over the enemies”, said Sasha, 14 years. ”And even G-d helped us with a miracle of oil. This year at KEDEM it was so much light and so many interesting events. I came several times with my friends. Not all of them are Jewish but they admired concerts and shows and of course tasty doughnuts! And they know how to say: “Chag Chanukah Sameah!”
All the events organized by the JCC were different and interesting and attracted in total about 1,500 of guests.
Global Day in a New Format
Global Day of Jewish Learning is being conducted for the fourth time. Now it embraced 400 communities in 40 countries.
The event in Kishinev this year was aimed mostly at young people and gathered about 300 from the capital and regional centers of the country. It was held at the KJJC and the program included two parallels by nine themes in each including such attractive names as “Jewish Dances”, “Chanukah Art Studio”, “Creating Shabbat”, “Running Business Jewishly”, “Israeli Coffee”, etc. The nice opening ceremony and final cultural program with the special guest – famous local singer Olia Tira – added special colors to the program itself.
The unique event this year became including Kishinev (only one in FSU) in the format 24x24 of online broadcast. An experienced lector and local Jewish educator – Galina Karger - presented a group session “The Formula of Love: Togetherness and Love in the Context of Jewish Tradition” that showed and opened new angles of love in Torah – love of G-d to His Creation, love between people.
The project as the previous three years was of great success and all participants were impressed and enjoyed the Global Day. We are already waiting the next year!