Our Two Shekels

Reflections from Day 3 - Rabbi Yael RIdberg

Written by Rabbi Yael Ridberg on November 29, 2023

In 2002, Elie Wiesel z”l said at the Legacy of Holocaust Survivors conference at Yad Vashem, “Whoever listens to a witness, becomes a witness.” Today we learned the power of that sentiment.

We met with surviving members of Kibbutz Kf…

Reflections from Day 3 - Debbie Kornberg

Written by Debbie Kornberg on November 29, 2023

Our morning started at Shefayim, the temporary home for the residents of Kibbutz Kfar Aza. We heard testimonies from three different people who shared their firsthand accounts of surviving the October 7 massacre. Their testimonies were heartbr…

Bearing Witness - Day 3 - Rabbi Jason Nevarez

Written by Rabbi Jason Nevarez on November 29, 2023

Today, we encountered our hardest day yet - meeting with members and survivors of Kibbutzim Kfar Aza and Nachal Oz. We had the privilege of bearing witness to these stories, to the truths of what happened, and to the people it happened t…

Reflections from Day 3 - Heidi Gantwerk

Written by Heidi Gantwerk on November 29, 2023

Today was very, very hard. Bearing witness was a fundamental reason for our Jewish Federation of San Diego Solidarity Mission, and today we did that. We sat and listened to stories of survivors of the massacres at Kfar Aza and Nachal Oz. Their …

Reflections from Day 2 - Heidi Gantwerk

Written by Heidi Gantwerk on November 28, 2023

Thinking a lot today about the connection between opening yourself up to love and accepting the possibility of the pain you feel when those you love are suffering. I did not know when I stepped into this position 2.5 years ago that the job c…