Seize the Day

The project trained a core of Jewish youth from Jewish high schools and student organizations, to prepare and implement programs about the Jewish holidays and Jewish life cycle events.
There were a total of 9 training seminars in the first year of the project. 4 of the seminars focused on Jewish Life Cycle events; 3 dealt with Jewish holidays; one seminar was connected to preparation of a Jewish calendar; and one seminar provided additional training in preparation for the second year activities. Local experts in Jewish education provided instruction at all the seminars.

Around 20 young people from Jewish schools and youth organizations attended each of the 4 training seminars about the Jewish Life Cycle. Seminar topics included: Birth and Brit Mila; Bar/Bat Mitzvah; Marriage; Death and Mourning. The project also conducted a pre-Passover seminar for 15-20 Hillel students, and seminars on Shavuot and Simhat Torah, for members of the community. There also were community celebrations of Jewish holidays.

In August 2012, project participants prepared a Jewish calendar to be distributed (150 copies) during Rosh Hashanah. This aspect of the project began with an informal seminar. Participants shared their experiences of Jewish holidays, and their visions for calendar design. The Calendar included Zionist elements such as Yom HaZikaron Lashoah, Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaAtzmaut, and Yom Yerushalayim. The project published a short methodological book, “The Jewish Calendar: Simple About the Essential”, that was distributed to local Jewish communities, youth organizations, and schools.

At the conclusion of the first year of the project, 10 participants were selected to attend a Training of Trainers (ToT) seminar. Each of these participants worked with one of the regional communities in Moldova (Beltsy, Bender, Grigoriopol, Dubossary, Cahul, Orhei, Ribnita, Soroca, Tiraspol, and Kishinev) during 2013. The young trainers used what they learned during the first year of the project, to help organize events and holiday celebrations in the local communities, with the participation and support of local community members. They also prepared seminars on the Jewish Life Cycle, to be presented in each of 9 regional communities. The Project Manager provided supervision and consultation. In October and November 2013, the young trainers and other volunteers conducted regional seminars about “The Jewish Calendar”.

As part of Chanukah celebrations, seminars were conducted in two Jewish schools and a Jewish kindergarten in December 2013. Also in December, the young trainers prepared a Virtual Jewish Calendar for the entire project. This included photographs and films of project activities.

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