Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia JewishGen Future Scholars Fellowship Heritage Tour #galicia

Nancy Siegel is proud to announce its JewishGen Future Scholars

This immersive program, created in partnership with The Matzevah
Foundation, Inc., will provide an experiential opportunity for younger
audiences to appreciate the application and impact JewishGen, and
Jewish genealogy can have in everyday life.

Specifically, it will focus on the role of Jewish cemeteries today in
preserving the memory and legacy of former Jewish communities. Our six
highly qualified Fellows will learn about symbols on tombstones, the state
of Jewish cemeteries in Poland after Holocaust, efforts to preserve them,
and what lessons can be gleaned to inform our own life choices today.

Throughout the 10-day experience, >from June 12-June 20, Fellows will
have an opportunity to visit many Jewish heritage sites including Warsaw
and Lublin, spend an inspirational Shabbat in Krakow, and visit
Auschwitz/Birkenau. The group will then spend time in Krzepice, Poland,
where they will participate in the clean-up and preservation of the Jewish
cemetery in partnership with the local high school. (Krzepice is about 25
kilometers west of Czestochowa.)

The trip will be led by highly experienced staff (including Avraham Groll,
Dan Oren, and Steven D. Reece), and participants will have an opportunity
to learn >from rabbis, scholars, dignitaries, and community leaders, who
will offer first-hand insights regarding the imperative (and challenges) of
cleaning-up cemeteries in accordance with Jewish law. They will address
how local Polish communities view Jewish cemeteries in their towns, the
need to preserve Jewish memory, and more.

Upon returning home, each Fellow will write an essay reflecting on his or
her experience. These essays will be made available on the JewishGen

Please be sure to follow our JewishGen Fellows, and check our Facebook
page often for profiles of the Fellows, ongoing updates, photos,
live-streams, and more!

Nancy Siegel
Communications Coordinator

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