A Letter from Michael Berl, Director of Heritage Seminars
As the era of the Holocaust Witness comes to an end, the search for knowledge about the Jewish past that was Eastern Europe becomes an imperative. There is a critical need to seek roots, to question and find answers about an event that defies logic and understanding. In the search for our past, we gain strength and identity for the present and renewal for the future.
The study of the heritage of Eastern European Jewry and the Holocaust should be a vital and integral part of Jewish Education. Our educational philosophy is that in order to appreciate the magnitude of the Holocaust, one must first appreciate the magnitude of Jewish life, tradition and culture that existed prior to the Holocaust. Heritage is not a “pure” Holocaust seminar. It is a synthesis of approaches that include History and Spirituality. It is a return to beginnings, to the lives of our grandparents, to the scholarship that has become the pillar of education, knowledge, and ethical/moral standards for us all.
We invite you, your school and community to consider joining Heritage for a unique singular experience.
With the Blessings of Jerusalem,Michael Berl
I will never forget the past week of my life. I believe that the last 55 years were just a prelude to the week in Poland. You made it possible for me to face my past as well as my future. Somewhere my grandparents are smiling and saying thank you for visiting our last place on our earth and for your tefillot on Tisha B’AvB. Pollack
I thank you so much for giving me a chance to do my small part-as a living witness-to tell what I went through and what I sawYitzchak Wargon – Holocaust Witness
There in Poland, is the least place I expected it, I became a better personT. Friedan
I just wanted to say thank you for what had to have been the most amazing, meaningful, and perspective-altering experience I’ve had to dateE. Eisenberg
Thank you for allowing me to have this unique experience to go with both my father andmy Zaidy. The staff was exceptional and you should be proud of the work you do.A. Samuels
I don’t think that a single person can go on Heritage and not come out a changed personT. Garbow
My time in Poland was intense, challenging, and completely transformative. I was able to fill in the holes in my understanding of the Shoah, in terms of the history, places and people involved. Also, I was able to gain a new appreciation for the vibrant Jewish life which once existed in pre-war Poland.L. Schuchart