Experience a Special Community Mission to Poland with the Hamptons Synagogue Led by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Other Distinguished Educators
On 5 – 9 April 2013, we are embarking on an historic trip to Poland for Holocaust Remembrance Day. The trip is organized in collaboration with the International March of the Living.
Jewish life in Poland goes back almost 1,000 years. By the middle of the sixteenth century, three quarters of all the world’s Jews lived in Poland. Warsaw was the city with the largest Jewish population in the world. By the Second World War there were about three and a half million Jews living in Poland. But after the Holocaust, only a handful of synagogues and Jewish cemeteries survived, which today exist alongside hundreds of Holocaust memorial sites.
In this trip you will explore the rich nexus of Jewish history in Poland by visiting some of these important sites, such as the Warsaw (Okopowa Street) Cemetery, the Nozyk Synagogue, Lublin, Majdanek, Auschwitz and the headquarters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Under the leadership of Rabbi Marc Schneier this special program is an educational and spiritual opportunity for personal engagement with Jewish culture, past and present.
The program is centered around a special Shabbat which includes the opportunity to hear chazzanim, scholars, world leaders and Holocaust survivors. Services in the historic Nozyk Synagogue will be led by Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Hampton Synagogue.
All participants, together with top leadership of the Jewish world , will gather in Auschwitz and Birkenau on April 8th to commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here, they will join, shoulder to shoulder, with over 10,000 Jewish youth and adults from around the world, as they march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, reaffirming Am Israel Chai – The Jewish People live.
The March of the Living is a once in a lifetime experience that will forever change the lives of all those who participate.
Members of the Hampton Synagogue along with other Jewish communities are invited to participate in this historic mission.