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Monday, April 28, 2014

Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day (Tour 2014)


Dear friends, 
It is with sadness I write to you today on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ever since I was a little kid, I remember my fascination with the numbers on my grandparents arms, their tales of growing up in Hungary and their experiences in the concentration camps. My sisters and I would try to get my grandparents to share with us their stories, but they were often too painful, too horrific to tell or listen to, even after so many years had passed.
This summer marks the 70th anniversary of the near destruction of Hungarian Jewry in 1944 and the murder of six million Jews during the Shoah. As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors, it is important to me to share the lessons of the Shoah, and so I will be going to retrace the steps of my grandparents this summer, and I’d like to invite you to join me.
From July 6th through the 9th, we will visit sites displaying the thriving Jewish life before the war in Warsaw and Krakow. Our journey will take us to the Warsaw Ghetto, the important Jewish town of Tarnow and the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. We will bear witness to the dangers of anti-Semitism and mourn those who perished. Most importantly, we will gain from the incredible faith of the martyrs and the survivors.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we pledge to “Never Forget” but this summer you will have the chance to do more and to take action. Join me on what will surely be a life-changing journey where we will see first-hand the strength and eternity of the Jewish people: “Am Yisrael Chai” - the Nation of Israel Lives!
Shalom from Israel,
Rabbi Tuly Weisz