ODESSA-BALTIMORE TWINNING RELATIONSHIP THROUGH PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE PROJECTS:
STUDENTS AND TEENAGERS GROUPS
HOSTED BY ODESSA COMMUNITY
During May 31-June 5 and June 20-25, some 25 youngsters total – students of Darell Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center (Baltimore, MD) and teenagers from Baltimore community – visited Odessa for introduction to the community history and contemporary life.
The teenagers from Baltimor took part in interactive activities with children and teenagers from Migdal JCC, like cooking and selling dishes at the “Jewish Cuisine” Fair and holding competitions and quizzes for kids in the Children’s Day Camp run by Migdal, etc.
Many students noted of how important it was for them to visit the Migdal-Shorashim Museum of History of Odessa Jews and meet Holocaust survivors – members of the Regional Association of Ghetto and Concentration Camps Survivors, as it provided them with vast knowledge about the glorious and sad moments of the history of Odessa community, and also with personal insight into the particularly tragic time of Holocaust on the territory of Odessa and FSU.
While more senior students – DFI – were especially appreciative of professional discussions with volunteers and staff from the major Jewish organizations of the city like Hesed Shaarey Tzion, Mazel Tov and Beitenu center, Migdal JCC, JAFI and others, the teenagers enjoyed very much the extensive communication they had with their peers – those teens that had visited or will visit Baltimore for various collaborative projects – Maccabi Games-2002, Maccabi Artfest-2006, upcoming Maccabi Artfest-2007, in which Odessa teens are planned to be part of Baltimore group participating in the Artfest held by the JCC in Deal Park, NJ.