Exhibition in Cahul
Just in the middle of Pesach holiday a delegation from the JCC KEDEM and Embassy of Sweden in Moldova went to one of the farthest towns of the southern part of the country. It brought a special program and exhibition dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg, a person who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust and then perished in Stalin’s prison in the USSR. Of course, he was included in the list of Righteous among the Nations by Yad va Shem Institute. This was already the 3rd place in the republic where the exhibition has been presented after Chisinau and Beltsy.
Several dozens of people gathered in the local Palace of Culture and witnessed speeches from deputy mayor of the city, representatives of the JCC KEDEM and Swedish Embassy and local historians who described the banners of the exhibition, told about the personality of Wallenberg and the meaning of such events that we should remember and tell to the next generations.
Joining Young Energy
During April 15-17 a nice and hospitable Odessa hotel “Arcadia” hosted about 80 participants of the 1st joint Shabbaton of youth clubs from two JCCs – JCC KEDEM from Chisinau, Moldova, and Beit Grand, Odessa, Ukraine.
The program of course was rather intensive and diversified including various forms of trainings, discussions, games, talk shows. The main theme and the name of the event was “A Hollywood Shabbaton”. Teens were divided in four subgroups “Oscar”, “Grammy”, “Pulitzer”, and “Nobel” that as is clear made them act and think around cinema, music, literature and science. Of course, meeting Shabbat and Avdala ceremony became one of the central points of the program. The last but not least was a J-serve action when participants went to needy old people with some presents and the main thing – communication that they are often deprived of… After this and before saying “Goodbye” to each other teens were divided in small groups and Odessa guys showed their famous and beautiful city to their guests from the neighbor country.
“For us it was a very interesting and new experience”, confessed Zoya Brovkina, head of JCC KEDEM “Haverim” youth club. “We are deeply thankful to our dear peers from Odessa for kind and warm reception and now are dreaming on having them in the fall in Moldova”.
Day of Good Deeds Premiere in Moldova
Day of Good Deeds event was initiated in Israel and in several years spread all over the world attracting thousands of people who were ready to make something important for their communities and countries. JCC KEDEM volunteers’ center brought the idea to reality in Chisinau and on April 10 conducted 18 actions including blood gathering for hospitals, cleaning parks and Museums, animals’ shelter, cultural and social programs for hospitals, etc. Day program was finished by a nice concert of local stars that also took part as volunteers in such a special initiative.
The event attracted several hundreds of people and was widely covered by mass-media.