Netzer Australian madrichim and Progressive Community and Netzer Shaliach Sefi Shalam are currently attending a 10-day-long educational seminar in Poland and Germany, to visit historic places, learn about the Holocaust and modern Jewish history from a Progressive Jewish perspective. Click on "Read More" to read Sefi Shalam's report sent from Krakow.
I am happy to send you a first update from Netzer Australia's seminar-journey in Europe.
We started off in Berlin, where we had a private tour between the Jewish History of the city and an introduction to the Nazi era. The highlights included a visit to the outside of the house of Abraham Geiger (founder of Reformed Judaism), Moses Mendelson's grave (founder of the Haskala movement), the "New Synagogue" and more.
On Friday evening we enjoyed Kabalat Shabat at Sukat Schalom Synagogue with the welcoming local congregation.
Yesterday we hit the road, and stopped in Wroclaw (formerly Breslau), where a young member of the Jewish community took us the the old "White Stork" Synagogue, and the location of the "Jewish Theological Seminary", in which both Rabbi Herman Sanger and Rabbi Leo Baeck have studied (thanks to Rabbi John Levi for the recommendation).
Later we visited the town of Bedzin, where a wonderful non-Jewish person told us about the town's rich history (30,000 Jews pre-Shoah), took us to visit an old Shtiebel and shared with us the story of how him and his wife are voluntarily rebuilding the town's Jewish heritage. The facinatig conversation went on to the attitude towards Judaism in contemporary Polish society and other topics.
Now we are in Krakow. Today we will have a tour around the city's Jewish (and general) history and visit Schindler's factory. Tomorrow we will visit Auschwitz.
Big thanks to Netzer Olami, Arzenu and JAFI for their support, and we will continue to keep you posted.