JewishGen Summer Fellowship: Applications Now Open! #JewishGenUpdates
Dear JewishGen Community,
This immersive program, created in partnership with The Matzevah Foundation, and the Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland, focuses on the role of Jewish cemeteries today in preserving the memory and legacy of former Jewish communities.
The purpose of this program is to inspire and begin the training of the future generation of leaders in Jewish genealogical involvement. Focusing on Poland, we seek to explore basic tools of genealogical searching in Poland, once home to more than half of world Jewry, and share and protect the history that gave shape to that genealogy of the past and future.
Participants will help clean-up a cemetery, learn about symbols and epitaphs on tombstones, the general state of Jewish cemeteries in Poland after the Holocaust, efforts to preserve them from both a communal, political, and Halachic perspective, and consider lessons that can be gleaned to inform our own life choices today.
On this 10-day journey, participants will tour many Jewish heritage sites starting with Warsaw, including an inspirational Shabbat in Krakow, a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and then travel to Lublin, Poland, where the group will participate in the clean-up and preservation of the historic Old Jewish cemetery in partnership with Polish volunteers..
The trip will be led by highly experienced staff 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.
During the trip, Fellows will have nightly reflection exercises to discuss and internalize everything they learned during that day. Upon returning home, each Fellow will be expected to record a video and write an essay describing his or her experience.
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