Wish you all a Happy Hanukkah!
This very special holiday, Festival of Lights, commemorates dedication and honours one of the greatest miracles in Jewish history.
The Jewish community has been one of the many ethnic and religious groups residing in Moldova for centuries. The OSCE Mission is pleased to note that the Government of the Republic of Moldova is dedicated to fostering the development of an inclusive and tolerant society where the rights of all are respected without exception. In this spirit of inclusion, I express hope that in the nearest future the renovated Rabbi Tsirilson Synagogue in the centre of Chisinau will be re-opened for the community.
In 2015, Moldova became the 35th OSCE participating State to have established a Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust. Currently, the Government is co-operating with the OSCE Mission to review the history curricula and textbooks to reflect the Holocaust in a local context, to build capacity of history teachers and to open a Museum of Jewish Heritage in Chisinau. These measures are included in an action plan for 2017-2019 in the field of the Holocaust remembrance and education adopted by the Moldovan Government in 2017.
The commitment to dialogue and co-operation with the Jewish Community by the Government of the Republic of Moldova is to be commended. All these efforts by the state authorities have a positive impact on building an open society, including by preventing and combating anti-Semitism . I have confidence that these steps will strengthen the sense of the Republic of Moldova as being a common home for all citizens, regardless of their ethnic or religious identity.
Happy Hanukkah and warmest wishes of joy and peace on behalf of the OSCE Mission to Moldova!
Dr. Claus Neukirch
Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova