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For Those Who Won the War

Over 200 people gathered on a warm Sunday of May 6 to take part in the festive event dedicated to the Victory Day. The program for veterans, former ghetto and concentration camps prisoners who are unfortunately less and less every year was full of emotions, nice music, touching words and waltzing with grandchildren... Art groups members, young people from KJJC youth clubs behaved and spoke with the veterans of the war with deep esteem and gratitude.

“Almost all the families, especially Jewish who live in Moldova, suffered from the horrors of the World War II. About 350,000 Jews perished on the territory of our country. It was a really awful tragedy. That is why it is so important to remember it and thank those who made our lives possible”, said Zoya Apostol, KJJC PR-manager.

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Hag Pesach Sameah!

In the middle of April and month of Nisan KJJC as always became one of the main centers of the Jewish “street” where Pesach was celebrated. It became the warmest and most family style place where people of all ages gathered for Seders organized by JCC, Hesed, Jewish Family Service…

Traditional meals, order of celebration our Holiday of Freedom, matzot, nice songs, special programs for kids, Shabbaton for youth, KEDEM Gathers Friends program for middle-aged, and several Seders for Hesed clients united hundreds of people as it was over 3,000 years ago.

“There are various types of Jews now and in the past”, said Rav Daniel Muntean, assistant to the chief Rabbi of Moldova Reb Zalman Abelsky. ‘And it is a very important job – to unite all of us. The program that we see today and almost all JCC activities pursue this hard but rewarding task and mission. Thank you and Hag Pesach Sameah!”


JCC Youth Club Celebrates the Birthday

JCC Youth club “Haverim” celebrated its 3rd birthday. Now the club unites over 500 young boys and girls and is one of the most popular and vivid program in the KJJC. About 20 constant programs, many interesting events and holidays, Shabbatons, youth camps, innovative project “Dereh Hadasha” attract youngsters of Kishinev to come to the club activities.

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Sergo Bengelsdorf – 75!

In March one of the most estimated persons in the Jewish Community of Moldova – Sergo Bengelsdorf celebrated his 75th birthday. Professor in the Academy of Arts of Moldova, Master of Arts, founder and conductor for 20 years of the broadcast “On the Jewish Street”, teacher of many Moldova opera and camera music singers, leader of the JCC Yiddish club and art laboratory, author of articles and book, Sergo was born in Birobidjan (Far East part of Russia) and came to Moldova after having graduated from Khabarovsk Conservatory. As a pianist and concertmaster he led his own band “Vort und Nign” (‘Word and Melody’) and made successful tours to Israel, Germany, Sweden, Russia. He promotes Yiddish culture in spite of all obstacles. For many years he conducts memorial parties of the Yiddish writers shot on Lubeanca in 1952 by Stalinist regime.

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Speaking in Eighteen Languages

For the 6th time consecutive International Day of Mother Language was celebrated at the KJJC. This time the event was organized by JCC Tolerance club with support of the AJJDC, Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and Congress of Ethnic Communities of Ukraine.
You could hear Hebrew and Lithuanian, English and Russian, Japanese and Greek and many other languages, learn from young and experienced professors that teach in local Universities and schools about the culture, literature, history of many countries. Even Ambassador of Lithuania in Moldova Mrs. Violetta Motulaite conducted one of the classes.

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