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