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Greensboro – Beltsy: Seven Years of Partnership

During June 27- July 9, 2007 Greensboro (North Carolina, USA) mission visited Moldova to take part in DELET-7 Summer Retreat and visit Kishinev and Beltsy Jewish communities. This time the mission consisted of 11 people headed by Deborah Kintzing.
The retreat itself was dedicated to symbolic for the Jewish People seventh year of partnership. Over 110 people took part in the retreat program.
“We were happy to meet old friends and find new”, said Bella from Beltsy. “We are always happy to see our guests and partners from Greensboro and are waiting for these meetings every year.”
This time the diversified program included discussions and lectures on the Jewish topics, sports activities, art and craft classes, tour on Dniester river, and of course Shabbat – one of the brightest event that united all the participants.

It was one the most successful retreats. Here we have a picturesque place and wonderful conditions of living. We are together and spent fantastic time during this week. We are sure our friendship will continue”, said unanimously retreat participants from Moldova and USA.
Besides the retreat week program mission members made home visits to Hesed and Jewish Family Service clients, visited orphanages and women’s hospital in Beltsy. Tours of Jewish Beltsy and Jewish Kishinev became a revelation for some of the group members and already a kind of nostalgic remembrances for the project veterans. Jewish cemetery in Beltsy, one of the most ancient in Moldova, created a significant impression upon American guests.
Visit to the KJJC building on July 5 was a special part of the program. Partners from Greensboro were surprised with the nice Sport and Theatre Halls, museum of the Jewish History of Moldova exhibition, intensive and variable schedule of cultural, welfare and educational programs that run in the Campus.
“We wish you many successes as your work with the Moldovan community grows – may you go from strength to strength”, these kind word were left by Deborah Kintzing in the KJJC Guest Book.