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Developing Partnership with WJR

During February 26-March 1, 2007 Mr. Paul Anticoni, World Jewish Relief (WJR, Great Britain) CEO, visited the Jewish community of Moldova. WJR is one of the main supporters of Moldova Jewry having sent a lot of shipments with clothes, shoes, food, glasses, toys for over $1,000,000 since 2004.

Mr. Anticoni visited two biggest communities - in Kishinev and Beltsy. He got acquainted with the leaders and programs of JCC KEDEM, Hillel Students’ Organization, Jewish Library, Jewish Family Service, welfare center “Hesed Yehuda”, as well as with local Jewish businessmen and non-Jewish NGOs that cooperate with their Jewish homologues.

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“Jewish communities in the USA can learn from you”

During January 7-10, 2007, Mr. Doron Krakow, United Jewish Communities Senior Vice-President, stood in Moldova with a visit. The official part included acquaintance with the programs supported by JDC and JAFI in Kishinev and Beltsy, home visits to Jewish Family Service and Hesed clients, tour of the Jewish Kishinev. The last day of the visit was dedicated to Kishinev Jacobs Jewish Campus programs. But this was not all.
“I came to Kishinev to search for the birthplace of my grandfather. – told Doron. – Sadly, all that there was of my family history is likely gone – the house, the street, the graves. But I will not leave Kishinev in sadness... What I have seen is an inspiration. A Campus that is a second home to Kishinev Jews. Though only one year old it has the warmth and the humanity that sometimes takes many years to develop. You can see it on the faces of the children, you can feel it in the spirit of the staff and you can hear it in the voices of the Hesed clients.”

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Cooperation Toronto-Kishinev Continues

During November 27-30 Sherry Kulman, Executive Director of The Bathurst JCC from Toronto, visited Moldova. Mrs. Kulman was in Kishinev and Beltsy and got acquainted with the activities of the Kishinev Jacobs Jewish Campus, Jewish lyceum named after Th. Hertzl, and Campus in Beltsy. The main aim of the visit was exchange of experience with the professional staff of the Jewish structures working at the KJJC.
The visit became the first step of the joint project of similar contacts between JCCs. Sherry Kulman left a lot of practical materials on the structure, planning, budget building, programs criteria that would be of great use for the leadership of the KJJC.
“I just spent a wonderful week with all of you – confessed Sherry.Staff that work so hard, Board members that are so dedicated, the people you serve.”
“You are doing tremendous work – you are creating a vibrant Jewish Community Center that you should be all proud of.
– said Mrs. Kulman in the end of the visit. – I feel very fortunate that I could be part of helping in the growth and development of the KJJC.”

Mr. Avigdor Liberman's visit to KJJC

On November 24 Mr. Avigdor Liberman, vice-prime minister of the State of Israel, conducted a meeting with the leadership of the Jewish community of Moldova at the KJJC. The meeting took place in the frames of Mr. Liberman’s unofficial visit. It was organized by “Evreiskoe Mestechko” (‘The Jewish Shtettle’) newspaper and Welfare Foundation ‘Dor le Dor”.
Mr. Liberman informed about the situation in Israel, his views on the main questions of Israeli politics and future development, possible ways of solving economic and political problems on the Middle East. Then he answered questions asked by journalists, scientists and representatives of various local Jewish organizations.
“I was in the Campus a year ago, the main thing is that solemn moments passed, and today there is a feeling of a real life, a real fullness. Only the fact that on Friday in the afternoon we gathered and talk here, everything I hear and see confirms that the life and activities in the KJJC develop. And this is the most important. – said Avigdor Liberman. – I express my gratitude to “Evreiskoe Mestechko” newspaper and KJJC administration for the possibility to hold this meeting.”