Four Words

By Carolyn Linder ‘Joy’, ‘wonder’, ‘belonging’ and ‘connection’ are four words that evoke this summer’s Classrooms Without Borders Israel seminar for Jewish early childhood educators. A group of 24 Jewish early childhood educators, representing ten local programs, were selected to participate in this transformative experience. While returning to Israel is always emotional, leading this group […]

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Unearthing Jewish History in Berlin- Jordana Rosenfeld

It seems like unearthing Jewish history in Berlin has a lot to do with learning to interpret negative space. The Shoah destroyed Jewish buildings, communities, and people. There are holes in our hearts, in our family trees, and in Berlin’s urban fabric. How can we see what is no longer there? How can we grasp […]

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Day 5 – Poland Personally Seminar

Our experiences today made me think about the art of being a historian, but even more importantly, it made me think about the art of being an extraordinary human. We are traveling through Poland with knowledgeable tour guides and Howard Chandler, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Today we visited Birkenau, and Howard led a tour for […]

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Day 3 – Poland Personally Seminar (Jill)

Today we visited Majdanek Death Camp on the outskirts of Lublin, central Poland. At the entrance to the camp is a gigantic rock that is raised in the air, cutting a striking image against the ever blue Polish sky. What I didn’t know as I walked under that suspended rock was that it was going […]

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Shall We Survive

“Shall We Survive” Walls and wires have become our view. Hunger and sickness to a Warsaw Jew. Beaten and trapped in a common struggle, Forced to lie, cheat and sometimes smuggle. Some will run, many will hide, no way to tell how many have died. Taken like cattle pushed on to a train, not enough […]

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Day 3 – Poland Personally Seminar (Anatea)

In just three hours, we managed to go through a hell that for some lasted months or even more, or even less. We have experienced this wretched place but as the survivor (Howard) with us keeps repeating “we at least have the option of coming back out.” As we walked in, we saw towns less […]

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Day 2 – Poland Personally Seminar

On our second day in Poland, and after a morning touring the Warsaw ghetto, we headed to Treblinka. Howard mentioned that all survivors are survivors by luck. A thousand different strokes of luck. For Howard, his father told a lie to add two years to Howard’s young fourteen. A small fortune allowed his father to […]

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Day 8 – Early Childhood Seminar Israel

Today we said goodbye to Jerusalem! After being surrounded by thousands of years of history and being surrounded by Jerusalem stone for four days, we went to the Jaffa lookout. There, the contrast of a breathtaking view of a modern city on the shores of the Mediterranean came into view. This city is only 100 […]

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Day 7 – Early Childhood Seminar Israel

Upon waking each morning, Jews thank G-d for bringing us to this day. I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me, Your faithfulness is great. Thank you for bringing us to this day of ascending Masada and of floating in the Dead Sea. First-time travelers […]

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Day 8 – Israel Archaeology Seminar (Jennifer)

Tuesday, 21 June | “Dig For A Day” It’s time to update our resumes–although it would be quite a stretch to have one’s cv read “amateur archaeologist”. Nevertheless, that is exactly what we set out to accomplish upon entering Bet Guvrin National Park. It’s safe to presume that this is the day that many of us […]

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