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Musical Competition – Again of Success

A real winter came to Chisinau. With strong wind, cold and snow. But all this did not stop over 200 of kids from Chisinau, Tiraspol, Dubasari, Beltsy and other towns and the same number of their parents, grandparents and teachers to come to the JCC KEDEM on Sunday, Dec. 28 and take part in the 5th Annual musical competition named after Zlata Tkach.
This time the geography of the competition widened as we were honored to host students of the famous Stolyarsky school from Odessa that gave a series of world known names. And this year we can call our competition International.
Again the best professionals became judges in four instrumental categories subdivided in three or four age groups. The competition itself lasted from 9:00 a.m. until 6-7:00 p.m. Then it took time to distribute places, fill in diplomas blanks, call to happy winners and invite them to the Gala concert that took place next day in the hall of National Philharmonic of Moldova, the co-organizer and main partner of the event.
Again the full hall, applauses and agitation, bright performances of the best participants, prizes from sponsors and honorable guests.
“It is every year again, but every year special, it is very important for kids and their families, no less important for the teachers and concert masters, for us, the judges and probably for the future of the musical culture of our country!”, exclaimed Maestro Ion Gutsu, Director of the Art School named after A. Styrcha.

The 10th Hanukkah of the KJJC

Hanukkah holiday is a special one for the KJJC. First, because it started functioning on Hanukkah in 2005. Second as the name itself of the holiday means hanukah ha-bait – renovation of the home (Temple).
This year the program as usually was very intensive and diversified. Together with all the Jewish organizations of Chisinau JCC KEDEM participated in lighting candles of the main Hanukkiah of the city that was placed near the Russian Chekhov Theater (former choral synagogue). All day Festival “Hofesh”, concerts for welfare center ‘Hesed Yehuda’ clients, charity marathon for needy kids, fire shows at the KJJC Open Space, joint youth disco party with the JAFI at Sun City trade center, Volunteer of the Year award, opening of the new exhibition of the Museum of Jewish Heritage of Moldova, Hanukkah for the JCC Family club and students of city theater lyceum – this is just not the entire list of events and programs that attracted hundreds of spectators and participants, TV, newspapers and broadcasts.
All the forms – lectures, concerts, parties, etc. - informed people again and again about the deep meaning of Hanukkah miracles, direct and symbolic victory of light over darkness in the physical and spiritual worlds, in our hearts, its meaning for the Jewish history for over 2,000 years passed from the war with Syrian Greeks and for keeping our traditions and faith. 
Asking “How did you like Hanukkah program at the KJJC this year?” we most often got the answer: “It was bright and miraculous as it has to be on this holiday!”

Ethnic Festival

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.





JDC Centennial in Chisinau

On the evening of Thursday, November 6th at the Leo Grand Hotel in Kishinev, the Jewish community and invited guests celebrated a century of global JDC service. Over 100 people attended the centennial celebration, including leaders of the local Jewish community, important businessmen, international representatives of the JDC, as well as American, Hungarian, Polish, and Israeli diplomats. Along with refreshments and music, also featured was an impressive photo-exhibition showcasing the history of the JDC. The celebration included lovely performances by a children’s orchestra, a teenage vocal group, an opera duet, and Yiddish songs.

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Holiday of Moldova and World Music at the JCC

Independence Day of Moldova is celebrated annually by the JCC KEDEM in a form of a bright and pleasant Open Air concert. Several years consecutively Maestro Octavio Calleya brings from Spain and other countries his students in the art of orchestra conducting. 

This year on August 26 on the eve of the National Holiday of Moldova Orchestra of National Philharmonic who always plays the role of our confident partner performed masterpieces of the world classic music by Jean Sibelius, Gioachino Rossini, Johannes Brahms, and Franz Liszt. 

This time JCC made an experiment putting $2 price for the ticket that did not cause any doubt or concern from the part of about 150 spectators who came to spend this nice evening at the KJJC. It was proclaimed that all the gathered money will go for the JCC Museum of the Jewish Heritage of Moldova that is in the process of restoration. 

“Every year I come here to the Jewish center and for me it is a privilege and a challenge”, said Maestro Calleya. “I bring new students and the audience is waiting our constant high level of professionalism. I hope we answer their expectations. Have a nice Independence Day!”