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Temple Beth El Opens Its Eastern European Trip to the Madison Jewish Community

Rabbi Jonathan Biatch

On my office study table is a bowl containing six stones. I collected them from six locations at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in 2013. To me, they represent the six million reasons why it is our responsibility never to forget the Holocaust, and to remember our people’s glorious legacy 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. We encountered places of incredible Jewish renewal, like the Jewish communities of Krakow and Prague. We learned more about our people's descent into the 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.

I invite you to join us on TBE’s journey to Prague, Budapest, Krakow, and Warsaw, May 6–16, 2019.

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 travel company offering quality Jewish tours worldwide, we will understand more about the heritage our people once lost and is now recovering.

Join us for our next informational session on Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 pm at TBE, to learn about the trip.

We will look at the itinerary, examine travel options and prices, and begin to integrate this journey as a special event of Jewish life in Madison. Snacks and beverages will be served; please RSVP to let us know you can attend the meeting.

You can also go to the Ayelet website for travel information and registration.

This is truly a significant journey. Please come and see how you can discover new connections to our Jewish heritage.

RSVP for Informational Meeting on July 25

August 23, 2019 22 Av 5779