After a delicious breakfast, and optional Shacharit prayer service at
the Nozyk Synagogue, the JewishGen Future Scholars Fellows visited the
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews to learn about more than
1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland. In the afternoon, they began
their journey toward Lublin.
Along the way, they visited the Jewish Cemetery in Markuszow, which
provided a powerful contrast to the Warsaw Okopowa Cemetery.
Additionally, the Fellows will be decoding a particularly unique
Matzevah (tombstone) >from this cemetery as part of an evening session
next week, so this stop provided some on-site context.
In advance of arriving in Lublin, the Fellows read a fascinating
article written in 1957 by AC Majzels (faculty member Dr. Dan Oren's
Lublin-born grandfather), in which he recalled the Jewish Lublin of
his youth in the early 20th century. The article can be accessed here:
Once in Lublin, the Fellows visited the still-standing home of Dr.
Oren's grandparents, the place where a Sukkah was constructed and,
among other things, the building that housed the Yavneh School
(religious Zionist) on whose board AC Majzels served, and with whom he
is shown in the accompanying photograph.
After checking in to the Hotel Ilan (which occupies the famous
Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva), and dinner, the Fellows had an evening
session with Studnia Pamieci (Well of Memory) organizer Teresa
Klimowicz. Teresa has devoted a significant amount of time to cleaning
cemeteries and preserving Jewish memory in Poland, and her powerful
presentation was extremely well received.
Tomorrow, the Fellows will tour additional sites in Lublin, visit the
old Synagogue and cemetery in Tarnow, and eventually make their way to
Krakow for Shabbat.
You can access the photographs associated with this posting on the
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Nancy Siegel (San Francisco, CA, USA)