In December 2016, we held a week-long study visit to Poland for our guests from Israel and the US. After visiting Warsaw, participants continued to Skierniewice, Gliwice, Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial.
On December 9, a Friday evening, the group met in Będzin with Karolina and Piotr Jakoweńko, Dariusz Walerjański, the three participants in our Leaders of Dialogue program, and invited guests to celebrate a Shabbat dinner together. In the premises of a former house of prayer looked after by the Cukerman’s Gate Foundation, they sat together at one table to learn about each other and to connect.
During the discussions with Karolina and Piotr Jakoweńko, and Dariusz Waleriański as well as with other collaborators of the Cukerman’s Gate Foundation, the group could learn about the work on the preservation of the Jewish heritage in Będzin, Zabrze and the area. The conversations lasted until late into the night, and the next day discussions related to the Jewish heritage in the area were continued during a meeting in Gliwice. This meeting was very meaningful for everyone present there.