We are very happy to have Aleksandra Duz as EFD-intern with us from August 2013 until July 2014.
Last week I started my EVS (European Voluntary Service) at the New Synagogue Berlin.
The reason to leave Poland, family, friends and job that I liked was to experience new 'environment', meet new people and work in a different, very unique place. Oranienburger Straße Synagogue has great history but is a also a lively, vibrant place today. I am happy that I can be a part of the active community.
We would like to thank the Joint Distribution Committee for the wonderful cooperation: Yahel Matalon who is a volunteer in the “Jewish Service Corps of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee” and working with Bambinim Family Club is supporting the synagogue’s work with children:
Together with Rabbi Ederberg she has prepared several Bat Mitzvah students and she will continue to work with our Youth also in the coming months.
Yahel grew up in New York City, where she attended Jewish day school and participated regularly in her community, Congregation Bnai Jeshurun. She graduated from Barnard College in May 2010 with a B.A. in English, after which she worked at a literary agency for a year. During her time at Barnard, she worked at the Barnard Writing Center as well as as a tutor for Bnei Mitzvah at Congregation Bnai Jeshurun. For a year, she also led Shabbat morning activities for 4 - 6 year olds at the 92nd Street Y's Shababa Community.
We would like to express our thanks to Congregation Beth Israel in Munster, Indiana, who have donated to us 90 Machsorim for High Holiday, and also shipped them to Berlin! These new Machsorim, edited by Jules Harlow, will replace the old English Machsorim from the 50ies, and will enhance the prayer experience of our English speaking members and guest, by providing the traditional texts in a better layout and with a better translation. Toda Rabba!