HAVERIM - FRIENDS. POLISH - JEWISH YOUTH MEETINGS|
The ‘Haverim – Friends. Polish-Jewish youth meetings’ derives directly from the ‘To Bring Memory Back’ educational program realized by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland’ since 2005.
The paths of Polish students participating in the ‘To Bring Memory Back’ program and young Jews from Israel and the United States of America crossed in 2006, when Foundation, acting on request of one or our Israeli partners, arranged a visit of young Israelis to Zambrow. In 2007 three youth meetings were organized in August. Students from Debica, Kielce and Knyszyn along with their Jewish counterparts were visiting Jewish cemeteries, sharing experience, exchanging addresses and making friends. In 2008 three more meetings were organized in Brody, Przemysl and Warsaw. In 2009 the meetings took place in Krasnik, Lublin, Otwock and Siedlce. This visible growth of popularity resulted in the creation of the ‘Haverim’ project. Four meetings took place since its creation - in Knyszyn (October 2009), Warsaw (March 2010), Otwock (April 2010) and Sosnowiec (October 2010). Two more meetings were organized in October 2010 (in Klobuck and Zelechow). In 2011 two meetings were organized: in Knyszyn and Monki (March 2011) and in Zamosc (August 2011). In March 2012 another meeting took place in Knyszyn, and in April - in Warsaw.
The idea of the project is to break the clichés existing in both Poland and Israel. The students from Israel, who visit mostly Holocaust-related places and see Poles only through the windows of their buses have the opportunity to meet people their own age involved in the matter of preserving the historical heritage of Polish Jews. Young Poles can confront their expectations and knowledge gathered during the implementation of the project with reality. Both sides involved may develop their sensitivity and openness to other cultures and religions, finally to discover that young people throughout the world have more in common than they realize. It is a perfect opportunity for them to get new pen pals and even friends for years, over the existing political, cultural and language barriers.
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