On Friday, July 22, Facing History and Ourselves Educators held a Shabbat dinner in Szczebrzeszyn with Leaders of Dialogue and Alumni of the School of Dialogue. American teachers were joined for dinner by Małgorzata Piłat and Franciszek Sobczuk from Szczebrzeszyn, Stanisław Kowalczyk from Józefow Biłgorajski and Marek Kołcon from Zamość. They sang, bonded, and welcomed the Shabbath together in what many participants called the highlight of the trip. The next day, the group went on a tour Szczebrzeszyn, which was followed by several hours of Shabbat leasure and later workshops and reflective discussion.
The New Jersey Jewish News published an article that features impressions of Melissa Weiner, a participant in Facing History and Ourselves study trip to Poland, about a Shabbat evening in Szczebrzeszyn. In her moving testimony, she states, “We are forever changed by this simple, restful Shabbat in a little shtetl”.