Like so many other baby boomers, my parents did not speak to me of their experiences during World War II when I was a child. They both had slight German accents, I knew they had left Germany because of Hitler, and I saw the numbers on the arms of so many of their friends. I … More Confronting My Fear of Kraków
Friday morning began in Berlin, Germany, at 7:00 a.m. Stephen and I met with a young American, a son of rabbis, who is now living and working in Berlin. At 8:30 Steve led morning worship at Geiger College with young rabbinical and cantorial students thirsty for the knowledge he was imparting, and eager for connections … More A Weekend of Opposites, or Was It?
Jewish life in Sulzburg, Germany, began in 1424 when Jews were expelled from the nearby town of Freiburg. It took until 1544 for them to get the government’s permission to build a synagogue and a school. In 1546, Rabbi David Blum, whose writings are preserved in the Hamburg and Oxford libraries, became Sulzburg’s first rabbi. … More An Uplifting Yom Kippur
The next train took us to Hamburg, and when we left Hamburg we sat in a compartment with a different young family. They were speaking a language that sounded like a mixture of Swedish and Dutch, but it turned out to be a form of the Swiss language. Their two little boys, aged 3 1/2 … More Long Delightful Day of Travel, Part 2
The train pulled out of our small town in Schleswig-Holstein, in the northern part of Germany, shortly after 7:00 in the still moonlit morning. Noticing two very young families, nicely dressed, but clearly nervous new arrivals from the war torn Middle East, I hoped they were settling into their new land. As I stood up … More Long Delightful Day of Travel. Part 1
Thoughts driving to and from Boston Thursday, September 8, 2016 The two hour drive to Boston is beautiful any time of year. In autumn, the rich reds and oranges of the leaves appear as if on fire, lighting my way. In winter, the white snow glistening on the branches seems magical to this California girl … More Driving to Boston Last Week
We are looking forward to our third trip to Germany, and while learning about modern day German culture, we are working with high schools and churches on their quests for more personal insights into what happened during the holocaust. We are also learning about what life was like for ordinary Germans who were not Jewish, … More Starting a Blog!
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