Russian youth in the footsteps of the Holocaust

‘The Eternal People’:  One hundred and fifty students from the 10th and 11th grades at the FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ Jewish high schools in Russia participated for the first time in their lives in an exciting and emotional journey to the death camps and Jewish Ghettos in Poland 

“Tomorrow will never again be like yesterday” the participants testified, “My entire approach to Judaism changed, I now feel a proud Jew”.

The fascinating voyage following the milestones in the history of Polish Jewry up to its destruction during the terrible Holocaust, concluded yesterday. 150 students from the higher grades of the ‘Or Avner’ network of Jewish schools across Russia participated.

Special preparation classes were held to prepare the participants for the empowering experience that managed to create within the pupils a deep sense of Jewish pride and identity that will continue to accompany them for the rest of their lives, establishing their future identity as believing Jews.

The experimental pilot trip included visits to Jewish sites and Ghettos in Warsaw, Lodz and Krakow, a visit to the death camp in Auschwitz and an uplifting Shabbat in the famous ‘Izik’s Shul’ that was addressed by leading lecturers.

Following the voyage’s success, the network’s administration is considering the possibility of expanding the voyage in the future to include the rest of the students of the network from throughout the Former Soviet Union.[nggallery id=247]

 

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