Milwaukee Jewish Federation >> Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Future
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SHOFAR KRAKOW Mission is a unique opportunity to mark the tragic past and hopeful future of the Jews of Poland. The mission is a collaboration of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Milwaukee sculptor Richard Edelman, Father Patrick Desbois of Yahad-In Unum and several local donors. This mission is co-chaired by Daniel M. Bader, Nancy Kennedy Barnett, and Craig Zetley.
Scheduled for August 31 through September 7, the SHOFAR KRAKOW Mission will visit a mass killing site where Jews were executed during the Holocaust. Yahad-In Unum, which is dedicated to learning from the past and educating in the present to ensure that mass killings will never again be a silent crime, will identify the site, collect forensic evidence of the executions and record witnesses’ testimonies to these killings.
Mission participants also will tour Auschwitz, the Galicia Jewish Museum and the Wieliczka Salt Mines; visit with the Forum for Dialogue; meet with Konstanty Gebert, an international reporter and Jewish activist in Poland and engage in personal explorations of Krakow. Part of the mission will be hosted by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which will take participants on a tour of Poland’s redeveloping Jewish communities. JDC receives funds from MJF’s annual campaign.
The mission will conclude with the dedication of Edelman’s SHOFAR KRAKOW, a 17-foot-tall stainless steel construction made of broken Stars of David. The piece will be installed in an open space between the historic synagogue Synagoga Tempel and the Jewish Community Center in Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter of Krakow, Poland.
The dedication will take place on Sept. 6 during the Slichot service, held after the Sabbath preceding Rosh HaShanah. Many Jews mark the start of the High Holy Days by spending this night seeking God’s pardon through prayers for slichot (forgiveness) and by blowing the shofar. SHOFAR KRAKOW is a working shofar with an aperture at the bottom and a mouth at the top. At the dedication, a traditional ram’s horn will be blown into the aperture and the ancient call of the shofar will be released from the mouth for all to hear. Listen to SHOFAR KRAKOW now. Read the artist’s statement.
Like the space where it will live — between a historic synagogue and a modern JCC — SHOFAR KRAKOW represents remembrance and renewal, as well as a note of caution. Visitors to the installation site will remember the Jews who perished during the Holocaust and will rejoice in the renewal of a modern Jewish Krakow. They will also heed the warning of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and around the world.
Daniel Bader, Nancy Kennedy Barnett and Craig Zetley
Download the SHOFAR KRAKOW Mission flyer.