Educators, families, and students can add another layer of significance to one of the most important days in a Jewish child’s life. The AJC B’nai Mitzvah Program invites Bar and Bat Mitzvah students to share their simcha with a child from Oświęcim (the town the Germans called Auschwitz) who perished in the Holocaust or who was unable to commemorate this milestone because of the war. Bar or Bat Mitzvah students will receive curriculum kits with background information about a child and his or her life before the war, as well as questions and activities designed to help students to reflect on Jewish life, the Holocaust, and the milestone they are reaching in their own lives.
For more information, contact Yael Friedman at 646.437.4276 or AJC@mjhnyc.org.
The Auschwitz Jewish Center (AJC) in Oświęcim, operated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is just two miles from the Auschwitz–Birkenau death camps. The only Jewish presence in the vicinity of Auschwitz, the Center opened its doors in September 2000 so that people from around the world could gather to learn, pray, and remember the victims of the Holocaust.
The Auschwitz Jewish Center, a proud member of the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust family, is comprised of three buildings: the Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot Synagogue; the adjoining Kornreich House, which once housed a Jewish family and today houses a Jewish Museum and educational programs; and the 100-year-old Kluger Family House, which belonged to the last Jewish resident of Oświęcim, Szymon Kluger, after WWII.
The Auschwitz Jewish Center offers programs for students from around the world. Students from the US may participate in the American Service Academies Program for future military officers, the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program for graduate students, the Human Rights Summer Program, and the Program for Students Abroad. The Center offers award-winning initiatives for Polish students and teachers, programs for Polish and European law enforcement, and public programs for visitors.