That generalization is accepted throughout most of the Jewish world but in some places that is more true than in others. Take for example the remarkable emerging small communities in Poland where Judaism is being re-introduced. The profoundly moving stories of individuals finding a connection to long lost family.
Jewish foundations spend millions of dollars helping people acquire and strengthen their connection to Jewish life. Often the results are mixed. But in Poland, using a small fraction of the funds people are motivated and inspired by our Jewish tradition. Once they encounter the joys of Jewish life through good teaching, inspiring music and a personal sense of involvement they are inspired and motivated to make a difference in the Jewish future.
We are happy to present interviews with a number of people who completed our courses and attend Beit Polska worship services, cultural events, and gatherings. Some are assuming leadership roles as prayer leaders and teachers. Others are finding opportunities to deepen their Jewish knowledge. In April and May of 2015 we recorded some of the conversations on Jewish belonging and learning that will move each of you.
I was drawn to the moving story of Tamar’s first Shabbat as Jew when she blessed and read from the Torah.
Henryk and Elzbieta
Tamar’s First Shabbat as a Jew