The 1939 New York World’s Fair was an exciting moment for the world at large. It was a work of optimism whose planning took place in the midst of the Great Depression and was intended to make people see how bright the future could be. It was a counterweight to the mushrooming gloom about the likelihood of war. It converted a garbage dump in Flushing Meadows into a glowing display of man’s progress in science, technology and industry. Actually, it was the first world exposition showcasing what the future could be.
Our big move is almost upon us. On December 9th, our amazing volunteers will pack up the last of the boxes and move them from the AWC to our new home, the building we will share with our sister community Beth Hillel. Our last event of 2017 will be a Chanukah party on Saturday 16 December with havdalah (the short ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat) and a pot luck dinner.
IJC member Diana Kanter was recently invited to her mother’s home town of Göttingen in Germany to attend a play about the Nazi years there, featuring her family. Here is what happened.
I am used to being contacted every so often by complete strangers telling me something about my German family that I do not know. So when Sara Oertel wrote to me late last year I wasn’t surprised. But what she had to say was amazing.
Please join us for IJC’s Annual Chanukah Party on December 16 from 15h. It will be held at a member’s home in Brussels.
We will kick off with activities for the young and young-at-heart including a besamim (smelling spice) workshop, Havdalah, singing and candle lighting. At 17.30h there will be a pot luck dinner (latkes provided of course!).
Talking about moving and actually getting down to the nitty gritty of doing it are two totally different things! Thanks to a call for help from IJC Moving Committee chair George Perlov, IJC members came in numbers to help out. Seeing so many people roll up their sleeves over two Saturday afternoons was positive, heartening and inspiring!