Connecting to Our Past to Educate for the Future

75 Years later and still we have an issue….

In July 2018 I spent my first Shabbat in Berlin. Although I had been to Germany several times before, I had not been fortunate enough to be in a synagogue for a Shabbat service. The experience was overpowering, and I left services that evening feeling incredibly proud to be Jewish, to be a H…

Heritage

I’ve spoken and written often about the so-called birthright of a child, grandchild, or even great-grandchild of a Holocaust survivor. In many cases, it’s ingrained upon these subsequent generations to continue to pave a path of remembrance, recollection, and education.

It’s a birthri…

A Miraculous Discovery Leads to Greater MetroWest

It all began with 13 driver’s licenses, 13 people, 13 lives, and a vision to tell a story or, in this case, to tell 13 stories.

In February 2017, an envelope with 13 driver’s licenses that were confiscated from Jewish citizens of Germany in 1938, were found in a government office in the…

A Real-Life Lesson on Freedom

It is Sunday night, and as I crawl into bed, I am easily drawn to reflecting on what we did over the past few days. There were soccer and lacrosse games, band practices, plans with friends, a birthday party, and the ending of Passover and thankfully eating some bread and then turning my kitc…

Remember the Brave Fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto at Your Seder

By Ilyse Muser Shainbrown

It was the eve of Passover, April 19, 1943. Instead of sitting around a seder table, as many of us will do on the same date this year, a small makeshift army of Jews began what would become a three-week battle against the heavily armed German forces that were attem…