An Open Letter from CWB Scholar, Avi Ben-Hur

This moment breaks one’s heart. We have been under constant rocket fire (around 2000 rockets shot in 15 days – covering two-third’s of the country) from a racist, misogynistic, fascist, anti-Semitic terror organization placing 5 million people into bomb shelters on a day to day basis. In order to make this stop, we have bombed […]

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CWB Wheeling on the Radio!

Earlier this week, Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner, Carrie McKenzie, Lisa Welch, and Riley Bresnahan were featured on the WKKX 1600 AM Radio show.  They were interviewed about their recent trip to Poland with Classrooms Without Borders. Click below to listen!

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Reflections on the trip of a lifetime

When people asked me if I was looking forward to the trip to Poland, I had a hard time saying “yes.”  I told them I wanted to go and that I knew it would be an educational trip, but that I couldn’t say that I was looking forward to it.  To me, that phrase implies […]

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Poland Personally Seminar Participant to speak in Wheeling, WV

This Friday, July 25th, at 7 PM, London Orzolek, a Wheeling Park High School student, will make a power point presentation at Temple Shalom in Wheeling, WV about her recent experience in Poland as a Classrooms Without Borders program participant. Please support our amazing student’s as they open their hearts and share their experiences!    

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Sharing

After meeting with our Wheeling group, I feel energized. It was great to see friends and reconnect to share ideas and plan for the future. There were wonderful ideas, and things are moving quickly. Thanks to everyone!

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Incredible Journey

I’ve been home for a week, but my heart is still in Poland. It is absolutely amazing how people can connect and create deep bonds in such a short time. The things we shared together will forever live with me. Our mentors were incredible! Avi, Tsipi, Rabbi, Howard, Anna and everyone touched my life in […]

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Realizing, Processing, and Planning

It seems to be the general consensus among my fellow travelers that we all need a day or two (or maybe a week) to process the trip—everything we learned and felt and everything we are still piecing together. Here it is day two back home, and I am still processing. I am actually only in […]

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Poland Personally 2014

As our group of 70+ educators, students, and adults return home from the 2014 Poland Personally Study Seminar, Classrooms Without Borders would like to thank every person and organization who made this trip possible. Classrooms Without Borders envisions itself as the premier professional and educational development organization in the Pittsburgh area, and we operate on the idea […]

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Feeling Numbers

As with everyone else on this trip, I was not prepared for the scope of these camps at an emotional level. I had been to Dachau and Buchenwald, I had read of the size of Auschwitz, the numbers of people murdered in extermination camps, the amount of goods plundered by the Nazis, etc. It’s another […]

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So many emotions

I have been trying to put my experience at Auschwitz into words for two days now and I simply can’t yet. Seeing the exhibits of the horrors and hearing about everything that happened has made it all far more real but also that much more surreal. I hope I can find a way to talk […]

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