A Chuppah in Lodz

You’re never too old for new beginnings.

Our second delegation to Poland had the opportunity and the honor of attending a wedding during their visit in Lodz.

This wedding was no ordinary wedding.

The couple in question are now in their eighties and this is their second time getting married (to each other) – but their first Jewish wedding.

The story does not begin (or end) here.

The story begins with the parents of the groom who had survived and escaped from the concentration camps. The couple found refuge and were taken in and hidden from the Nazis by a young Polish family who had a baby girl named Stanya. This family succeeded in keeping the Shneiatkovitz’ presence a secret from the Nazis at great risk to their own lives. Years later, Leshek (Leib) Shneiatkovitz, the son of these two survivors went to work and met a girl named Stanya. As they began to talk, they realized there was a special connection between them: Her family had saved his. The two eventually married and continued to live their lives in Poland as part of the Jewish community. Even though she was not Jewish, she was an active part of the Jewish life and activity there. Now, many years later, Stanya (Chaya), decided to officially convert, and the couple decided to remarry in a Jewish ceremony.

Our delegation were on hand for this momentous occasion, and were able not only to be a part of the celebrations but also take part in its preparations. Geula Twersky and Miriam Ceislar helped decorate the chuppa, and Rav Boaz Pash officiated at the wedding of this special couple.

OTS Amiel BaKehila wishes the happy couple many more years together in health and happiness.

And They’re Off!

After two and half months of intensive work, our first delegations are on their way – with more to follow soon. This has not been an easy feat to pull off but we are excited that our months of hard work and planning have come to fruition.

In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut we have sent our first delegation to Poland. Our first delegation is comprised of Rav Boaz Pash – our delegation leader who will be returning to Poland for more trips during the year. Israel Engager Laura Ben David will talk about the ultimate Israel Experience making Aliya and living in Israel, and Mishael Dickman, musician extraordinaire will perform as well as run music workshops in Jewish schools and youth groups. The trip begins at the Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations in Warsaw, Poland. From there they will travel to Brotzlov and then on to Lodz, finishing once again in Warsaw. Throughout the trip our delegation will focus on the topic of Israel Independence day. Continue reading “And They’re Off!”