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WJR: Bringing Help and Hope

On May 14th, 2008, World Jewish Relief’s (WJR) signature program Mission Impossible made it to Kishinev, Moldova. For only the second time, an 11-member team drove all the way from London to Kishinev, covering over 3000 kilometers in just four days, in order to donate two Renault mini-vans for use in welfare programs in the periphery Jewish communities in Tiraspol and Rybnitsa. Upon arrival in Moldova, the group was greeted by a large ceremony hosted by the welfare organization Hesed and NES Jewish Family Services, welcoming them to the country and expressing thanks for their generosity. Afterwards, the team spent four days going on home visits and attending various programs, including after school clubs, a football practice session with local Maccabi team and a meeting with Jewish business leaders and Kishinev Jacobs Jewish Campus Board members.

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Celebrations Continue

During May 14-17, a representative delegation from the Jewish Communities Federation of Romania visited Moldova in the frames of celebration of Israeli Independence Day in our countries. Delegation was headed by Romanian Parliament deputy Dr. Aurel Vainer, Chair of the Federation, and Mr. Israel Sabag, JDC Representative in Romania.

During their visit our neighbors met with the leaders of the Moldova Jewish community, took part in festive events and made a visit to the KJJC. They left PR materials of the JCC in Bucharest and expressed their admiration of the premises and programs they saw.

Israeli Delegation in the KJJC

On April 2, high guests from Israel visited KJJC in the frames of their official visit to Moldova.
Zvi Rav-Ner, Director of Central Europe department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Shahar Arieli, charge d’affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Ukraine and Moldova, accompanied by Alex Goldenberg, Israeli Cultural Center Director in Moldova, were met by Mickey Katsiff, JDC-Branch director in Moldova, and Michael Finckel, JCC deputy director.

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High Guest in the KJJC

On December 14, 2007 Mr. Oscars Kastens, Latvia Special Assignment Minister for Social Integration, visited KJJC accompanied by representative of the Moldova Bureau of Interethnic Relations.
During the goodwill visit Mr. Kastens got acquainted with the main activities of “Hesed Yehuda”, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Cultural Center, and other KJJC organizations, as well as with the history of this wonderful building.
“I was happy to visit your wonderful Center, it is really amazing,” wrote Mr. Kastens in KJJC guest book. “I will tell about your work and community in Riga and hopefully we can contact with each other and develop nice and friendly relations between two Jewish communities and between Jews and Latvians in Moldova.”