Zofim is the Israeli Scout Movement. Earlier in the summer, an Israeli Zofim group contacted the IJC to ask for assistance in organizing their trip to Leuven and Belgium. We were able to connect them with a bus company and security people in Brussels.
Visiting Germany - even today - can trigger ambivalent feelings for many Jewish people. This is especially true of Berlin where memories of both world wars are never far away.
You are liable to come across many Stolpersteine (memorial stones) embedded in the pavement in front of what used to be Jewish homes. There are memorials all over the city including the impressive Holocaust memorial set up on a five-acre site consisting of over 2,000 concrete slabs. It stands opposite a more modest monument to gay victims who were murdered by the Nazis.I must say walking among the concrete slabs at night is a very eerie experience.
“Check out Rabbi Ira's blog here which reflects on the recent Israeli elections”.
Here are some of the faces of the more than 50 people of all ages who attended IJC’s Purim party.
Sophie, Emma and Eli
Elena and Daphne at the face painting station with Tammy Harrison Wallman
War and Peace for the 20th Century
Life and Fate is a 1959 novel by Vasily Grossman - a Ukrainian Jew and correspondent for a Soviet military paper during World War II. Life and Fate was his magnum opus.
The IJC organized its first ever Pub Purim Party to reach out to Jewish young professionals working and living in Brussels. The event took place in the Old Hack Pub, right across the street from the Berlaymont building, the European Commission’s headquarters.
“The wall has come down!” my brother cried. “Now at last we can visit our family in Slovakia without being followed by the KGB”.
My father was born in Eastern Slovakia, in a small town called Kosice, but had managed to escape just before the Germans invaded and joined the Czechoslovak unit of the British army.