Jewish sports festival opens in Moldova

An annual three-day festival bringing together Jewish youth from the former Soviet Union is being held in the Moldovan capital of Kishinev.

The Hilleliad, which began Sunday, is a way of attracting Jewish students and showing off their athletic talents, said Hillel regional director Iosif Akselrud. It also includes intellectual competitions and a Jewish tour of Moldova.

“It’s not just a competition but also a festival,” Akselrud said.

Approximately 100 students from Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are participating, as well as what Akselrud referred to as a “guest team” from Russia.

Funding was provided by Hillel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, as well as the Moldovan Jewish Congress.

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