SWFS Takes a Look Back at the Blog of the 2012 Trip to Eastern Europe, While Also Preparing for the 2015 Trip.
We expect the mission to be deeply emotional and highly inspirational. Our purpose is to see with our own eyes the sites of our people's greatest tragedies. But not only that: we will also learn of our people's indomitable will to survive and prosper. We will be visiting death camps, but also living Jewish communities built on the ashes of destruction. On the Fourth of July we will be at the Warsaw Ghetto. What better way to absorb the lessons, and appreciate the blessings, of freedom…
The Jewish Week: Prominent Presbyterians Push Back On Divestment
Like Rev. Henderson, many of the Presbyterians who signed the ad were veterans of interfaith work that was strained by the BDS vote, said Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, senior spiritual leader of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue on the Upper West Side and a longtime participant in ecumenical activities. He said many New York rabbis and local Presbyterian pastors increased their frequency of contacts to repair the damage of the BDS vote. “We discussed the issue. We’re friends.”
The Times ad grew out of similar interfaith meetings that took place across the country since the summer, Rabbi Hirsch said. He said Presbyterians declared that the pro-BDS vote “did not express the general sentiment” of members of the church.
He called the letter a public declaration of the leaders’ dissatisfaction with the vote. “The felt they had an obligation to respond.”
ECC Parents Attended Lens on Learning and Fall Fling
On Thursday, November 6th, the ECC parents gathered for an inspiring evening of learning, dialogue and community building. The ECC staff began the night’s events with Lens on Learning. Parents met with teachers in each classroom and engaged with materials, read documentation of the children’s learning and watched slideshows and videos illustrating their work in the classroom. This offered a great opportunity for collaboration, discussion and mutual learning. Lens on Learning was followed by the Fall Fling, a social event for the ECC community. The Social Hall was transformed, creating a cocktail party atmosphere conducive to catching up with old friends as well as forging new friendships.LEARN MORE
Israelis Visit Stephen Wise Free Synagogue to Share the Story of Tal Ifrach – A True Soldier
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue was blessed and honored last month to receive a visit from Aviva and Noy Ifrach, the mother and sister of Staff Sgt. Tal Ifrach, z”l, a 21 year old member of the Golani brigade, who was killed in action in Gaza this past summer. Aviva and Noy spoke eloquently, honestly and personally, in Hebrew and in English, about their pride in and love for Tal, the joys and challenges of their life in Israel, and their profound grief. It is impossible to do justice in words to Tal’s memory or to the sacrifice that this family has made for Israel and the Jewish people...