Metsuda In Odessa

MetsudaMetsuda is an annual training program for Jewish next-generation leaders, coordinated by the American Jewish Joint Distribution (JDC). Thirty-five activists of the Ukrainian Jewish community are accepted to the program each year. The age of the attendants ranges from 18-to-28. During the project, the selected participants partake in trainings on management, leadership, volunteerism, Jewish history and traditions. In addition, each participant offers and completes a community project with the help of the assistant from the team of graduates.

JDC Odessa and Odessa Metsuda coordinators were excited to host the final session of the project. Nineteen participants came not only to present their final projects to the specialists to demonstrate how it was brought to life in their local Jewish community but also to get their certificates. After the three previous sessions, the students of Metsuda 2013 became a strong team. In addition to the enormous inner growth and knowledge on Jewish themes, participants learned serious professional knowledge, particularly through the Kiev International Institute of Management, one of the main partners of Metsuda. The participants learned how to form a systemic vision of business and its development strategy, mechanisms and tools for the effective implementation of the main project objectives.

The students spent one of their days during the program learning about the Odessa Jewish community. JCC Migdal, JCC Beit Grand and Gmilus Hesed organized special activities for the Metsuda members. The whole team spent one of the evenings on the beach, enjoying another aspect of Odessa as well.

This year, the project was attended by nineteen people from Ukraine and Moldova who presented eighteen projects to benefit their local communities. Katherine Shilenkova, a participant from Odessa, graduated with her project, called Party for Charity. The aim of the project is to collect 30,000 grivnas for the shabbaton for thirty children at risk through charity parties.

We wish all participants good luck with a successful implementation of their projects!

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