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Temple Beth El's Journey to Eastern and Central EuropeMay 6 - 16, 2019

Rabbi Jonathan Biatch

On my office study table there is a bowl containing six stones. I collected them from six different locations at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during my visit in 2013. To me, they represent six million reasons why it is our responsibility never to forget the Holocaust, and to remember the legacy of our people’s glorious past in Europe.

I acquired these stones when I accompanied 75 Reform high school teens on their pilgrimage to sites of Jewish history and heritage in Eastern Europe, such as Auschwitz-Birkenau. We also encountered places of incredible Jewish renewal, like the Jewish communities of Kraków, Poland and Prague, Czech Republic. We learned more about our people's descent into the depths of a Holocaust, and how Jewish life is now rebounding with new strength.

Now, you too will have the opportunity to take an extraordinary journey to these places. We will explore Europe not only through the lens of the Holocaust, but with an eye to the long history of Europe as a renewed center of Jewish culture, filled with periods of intellectual achievement and spiritual growth. Accompanied by our professional guide from Ayelet Tours, a well-known, respected, and quality tour company of Jewish tours worldwide, we will understand more about the heritage our people once lost, and is now trying to recover.

Join us for our next informational session to learn about our tour to these extraordinary places (Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw) during our May 6–16, 2019 journey. This session will take place on Monday, May 14, 7 pm, at TBE. Snacks and beverages will be served; please RSVP below to receive the door code for this occasion. At that time, we will describe the itinerary, examine travel options and prices, and begin to integrate this journey as a special event of Jewish life at Temple Beth El.

You can also go to the Ayelet website for information and registration. Click here to be taken to that web page of information.

Please go to the TBE website by clicking here to let us know you can attend. This is truly a significant journey. Please come and see how you can discover these connections to our Jewish heritage.

August 23, 2019 22 Av 5779