Dear Temple Sholom:
I’m writing to invite you to join Melanie and me on a journey of Jewish learning, history and community.
This fall marks the eightieth anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” in Germany when the Holocaust sank to a new level of depravity, an ominous portent of nightmares to come. We want to mark the tragedy that befell our people, and also recognize the tremendous Jewish life that existed in Poland and Germany before the Shoah. We want to see with our own eyes the revitalization of Jewish communities in Europe in recent years. We want to do this with our Temple Sholom family.
With these aims in mind, Melanie and I are hoping to take a group of adults with us on a meaningful and spiritual trip to Cracow, Warsaw and Berlin this coming October 22-31. We will be using Da’at, the educational travel agency that we have come to love and respect, knowing that we will be guided, educated, and treated with care. A preliminary itinerary includes visiting the oldest synagogue in Poland, the Oscar Schindler Factory Museum, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Krakow Jewish Community Center, the newly-opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, the Jewish Museum of Berlin, and the Wannsee Villa, site of the infamous “Final Solution” conference.
If you have any interest in joining us, please let me know. We will limit the number of participants to 20-25 adults, so our travels are easy and intimate as a trip like this should be. A detailed itinerary including fees is being worked on by Da’at and will be shared as soon as it is available.
Rabbi Edwin Cole Goldberg