Sunday Morning Adult Learning

News, Nosh, & (k)Nowledge
Sundays, March 4, 11, & 18, 2018, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Our world is constantly changing. But the values in our tradition are eternal. Join for a conversation of the week's news, informed by the immortal values of Jewish tradition. Grab some nosh from the Beit Cafe and meet us around the television in the Village Center to watch, learn, and talk about what is happening and what we can do about it.

Maintaining Memory: Stories of the Holocaust
Sundays, April 15, 22, & 29, 2018 , 9:45-10:45 a.m.
As the world commemorates Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), BJBE is honored to welcome survivors of the Holocaust to share their stories of heroism, survival, and renewal. It is a privilege and a sacred duty to bear witness to their stories.

April 15 – George Brent – When a non-Jew was brought into town to take over his father’s pharmacy in Téscö (now Hungary), his family was forced into the Jewish ghetto. Three days later, they were put on a train to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He and his father were selected to work, while his mother and brother were sent to the gas chambers. As the Russian army advanced in January 1945, George was sent on a death march and then taken by coal train to Mauthausen. From there, he was sent to a smaller camp in Austria that was later liberated by American soldiers on May 5, 1945. After the war, he learned his father was still alive; they reunited and both made their way to the United States in 1949.

April 22 – Screening of “A Holocaust Trilogy” – Artist DeDe Harris discusses the depth of evil and the height of courage evidenced during the Holocaust. As she describes her sculptures, she also reveals little known stories of three concentration camps: Ebensee, Auschwitz, and Theresienstadt. In this remarkable video, she informs us about the meaning she incorporated into the sculptures. This is a spiritual and compelling presentation, combining knowledge of the Holocaust, skills developed from a lifetime of work as an artist, and the use of materials collected from a variety of unusual locations. DeDe will take questions after the screening.

April 29 – Ernst “Ernie” Heimann – During Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938, Ernie’s school and synagogue were destroyed. In the aftermath of these events, his parents knew they had to get Ernie out of Germany. On February 1, 1939, Ernie was placed on a Kindertransport to England. His maternal aunt, who lived in England and sponsored him, arranged for Ernie to live with an English family just outside of London. In September 1939, Ernie and others from his village were evacuated to the countryside because of the bombing in London. Ernie would remain in England for four years, until he came to the United States in 1943.