Monthly Archive: April 2017

  • Reflections from Sam Scherer & Reily Boss… Sam: Here we finally are, about to board the plane to Israel. This week has been a roller coaster of emotions, filled with laughing, crying, cheering and hugging. We have learned so much about the tragic Jewish history in the Holocaust.  I didn’t expect to cry myself, but managed to break down…

  • Today, WE MARCH! (Day 6)

    Posted by Mayerson JCC on April 24, 2017 | Share

    Reflections from Abby Whayne, Hannah Guttman and Austin Rudd… Abby: Something life changing happened today. Thousands of Jews from all around the world came together, in one place. The place where MILLIONS of Jews died. Normally, Auschwitz is full of sadness and gloominess but today it was full of life and high spirits. It almost sounds weird that the…

  • Auschwitz-Birkenau (Day 5)

    Posted by Mayerson JCC on April 23, 2017 | Share

    Reflections from Sydney Miller and Hannah Loftspring… Hannah:  Although our day began at Auschwitz, there was something I heard at Birkenau that set the mood for what I am about to say. I overheard a discussion about how the word ‘sad’ was an insufficient & quite frankly inappropriate term to use to describe the mood & story behind the…

  • En route to Auschwitz…

    Posted by Mayerson JCC on April 23, 2017 | Share

    At home, many are just ending a normal Saturday night. Here in Poland, we’re on a bus, on a 4-hr drive to Auschwitz & Birkenau (the extermination camp of Auschwitz), to immerse there today. The silence on this bus full of normally chatty teens is as much of anticipation and nerves as it is fatigue (we got up at…

  • Reflections from Cincinnati Delegates Josh Glynn and Hannah Levy… Hannah: Shabbat Shalom! Today we started with a little morning service, where we shared our true meaning of life. It was really amazing to hear each and every one of our statements on what we truly believe is the meaning of life. The answers went from “happiness” to “being true to…