Joshua Nelson – Kosher Gospel Prince, a Special Project by the KJJC
The project “Gospel Music in Moldova” initiated by the USA Embassy in Moldova and realized by the JCC KEDEM resulted to be more than successful. It was a visit by Joshua Nelson, Prince of Kosher Gospel, and a famous musician from USA who combines in his art Jewish and Afro-American traditions. More than this, Joshua has got his roots in Romania as his Jewish mothers’ mom came to the States from this country.
The program itself included three concerts in the National Philharmonic of Moldova, Beltsy and Rybnitsa Palaces of Culture where totally about 1,500 people admired the creation art of the singer and musician. Also Joshua Nelson gave master-classes and held meetings with the students of Academy of Music, Theatre and Arts, Theater Lyceum and Slavic University in Chisinau, University named after A. Russo in Beltsy and Pridnestrovian University in Rybnitsa for over 250 people in total. The program included interviews for three TV Channels in Chisinau and Rybnitsa. During his stay Mr. Nelson was offered tours of all the three cities and reception by the Ambassador of USA in Moldova.
XV Ethnic Festival in Chisinau
A nice tradition of uniting ethnic minorities groups initiated many years ago by Bureau of interethnic Relations of Moldova continues this year by its 15th edition. 45 organizations and communities gathered in the central park of the city where each had its own alley or street.
Traditionally the Jewish street became one of the most popular where all the time starting from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. people danced, tasted traditional meals, got information about programs and organizations. KJJC occupied a big part of the space on the street distributing announcements about present and future programs and events, books, showing videos and photos. KJJC music groups also took part in the concert on the main scene of the event.
“I like Jewish street and come here every year”, told Helen. “I have a lot of friends of the Jewish origin and feel a deep sympathy to your history and traditions”.
“Thank you for invitation to the concert”, said Roman. “I will come with pleasure and will invite my friends to join as well”.
History in Photos
On September 13 Hungarian Embassy in Moldova hosted inauguration of a photo exhibition dedicated to Rashkov and Vadul-lui-Rashkov settlements. The author is a young talented photographer Inna Tikhonov, JCC Museum curator Irina Shikhova was an expert for choosing the photos for the exhibition and JCC in general helped the Embassy in conducting tours to these historical places.
In fact, both villages stay on the opposite banks of Dniester River and now belong to Moldova and Transnistria correspondently. Besides really picturesque sights they are famous by its ancient Jewish history (one the oldest synagogue is staying there, the last big writer in Yiddish Ihil Shraibman was born here) and multi-cultural and multi-ethnic co-existence. In these places Moldovans, Poles, Russians, Ukrainians, Jews lived together for many centuries.
Matyas Szilagi, Hungarian Ambassador in Moldova, and Stella Harmelina, JCC director, underlined the meaning of such events and keeping memory that is always important for the future. The event was honored by presence of Ambassadors of Sweden, Poland, and China, representatives of France embassy and Ministry of Culture of Moldova. The exhibition will be posted at the Embassy until Sep. 20 and since Sep. 28 will be transferred to the KJJC.