Here are some kind words we've heard from visitors and friends:

Dear Rabbi Avi and Olga [President of Hillel Gimel, our Student Club],

Our meeting with you and the young adults from Krakow was such a wonderful part of our Poland trip. It was a highlight for the students, but even more for me, who does not want the trip to be a Holocaust trip, rather a trip to learn about the Jewish history of Poland….and today that history is very different than the years of destruction during WWII. As I said to you, Avi, I would like very much to turn this into a given for our groups when in Poland.

Thank you for all you do there with the community, and for the time you spent with us.

Shabbat Shalom,

David Mitchell, Dean of Education
Alexander Muss High School in Israel

Hi Jonathan, 

Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with our group on Tuesday, and for arranging to have Justin and the others greet us as well. All of you presented an inspiring, and healing, approach to the miracle of renewed Jewish life Poland and provided a critical broadening of perspective to Jews from North America who come with both misguided assumptions and plenty of doubt about the possibilities for a Jewish future in your part of the world. 

Celebrating Yom Ha'Atzmaut with you was a fabulous bonus, a communal exclamation point to the vision you all shared in your presentations. 

Our time with you, which was our last stop on our fascinating, heartbreaking and frightening "Journey of Remembrance and Renewal: Berlin and Krakow" embodied, as I had hoped, the powerful Jewish affirmation that memory is most nobly served by action, continuity, and hope. I proudly wore my green JCC shirt home on the plane! 

As I said upon leaving, if there's anything I can do to help support you and your efforts, please don't hesitate to be in touch. Hoping our paths cross again soon. 

Wishing you and your community continued hatzlacha and a Shabbat Shalom. 


Rabbi Adina Lewittes
Sha’ar Communities

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