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“Shema Yisrael” - Global Day of Jewish Learning at the KJJC

“The Global Day of Jewish Learning brings the Jewish people together once a year to celebrate our shared Jewish text through community based learning.
The guiding values of the Global Day of Jewish Learning are: fostering Jewish unity, empowering individuals through increased Jewish knowledge, and creating meaningful shared experiences. The theme of this year’s Global Day and curriculum is the unity of the Jewish people, as seen through the Shema prayer.
The Global Day of Jewish Learning is a project spearheaded by the Aleph Society with many Organizing Partners, Supporting Partners and communities around the globe vital to its success”,
is written on the official site of the project
KJJC for the second year consecutive became the organizer of the Global Day event in Moldova partnering with the “Hevruta” project supported by Pincus Fund and JDC. This year again in ULIM University premises gathered about 450 people from all over the country. During the Opening Mr. Nicolae Tau, ULIM vice-rector on international collaboration, Mickey Katsif, JDC Director in Moldova, and Galina Karger, ICTPD Director, greeted the audience and explained the meaning of the event.

16 parallel groups (including three for kids) consecrated 1.5 hours to learning, discussion, arguing on the topics suggested by organizers – meaning of praying, monotheism, Land of Israel and the core of the event – “Shema Yisrael”.

“We are here to make the first steps in understanding our mission, in building inside ourselves belief in G-d and our way to Him and with Him”, said Rav Daniel Muntean, assistant of Reb Zalman Abelsky, the Chief Rabbi of Moldova.

Touching music by JCC art-groups, delicious lunch and snacks, and final intellectual accord in the form of talk-show led by Polina Raspitina from Beltsy added the event program.

“We are happy that really titanic efforts on logistics of the event made during several last months and its management, the entire complex program with lectures, opening, talk-show, Kosher styled lunch and coffee-break, inviting people from Kishinev and bringing guests from other towns, PR-campaign before, during and after the event resulted at last in a big success – both quantitatively and qualitatively”, said Michael Finckel, JCC KEDEM deputy director. “About 450 people including lecturers and volunteers from our youth organizations felt the spirit and got the chance to touch some special basic Jewish values that preserve our people and help us to survive and live with hope and belief as Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad - Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One”.