What better way to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim than to walk her streets and hear her tales. On the shabbat closest to Yom Yerushalayim, the kehilah sets out in the afternoon to learn more about the neighborhoods of the holy city. Weaving through side streets, admiring architecture, learning about the people behind the street names, the walk expands our hearts and fills us with pride.
Shabbaton – Taking the vibrancy of Kehilat Nitzanim “on the road” for a Shabbat away reminds us that we are more than a building on Rechov Asher. The relaxed atmosphere, where someone else cooks and cleans, we can sit around and schmooze after dinner and lunch and that allows us to visit places of historical, national and religious interest beyond our neighborhood, bolsters the sense of chaverut for which Kehilat Nitzanim is known.
Masa Polin of Kehilat Nitzanim, led by Dr David I. Bernstein and Rav Shai Finkelstein, travels to Poland where participants spend time in Warsaw and Krakow and smaller towns seeking out evidence of the vibrant centuries of Jewish life. This exploration of centuries of Jewish life in Poland includes, of course, its destruction during the Shoah, with visits to some of the most important sites of the Final Solution. We also meet with the contemporary Jewish community in Poland, whose revival after the fall of Communism is a fascinating story in and of itself.