Seder of Hope: JewishColumbus in Warsaw
Today, JewishColumbus is headed to Warsaw, Poland to spend the first night of Passover with 1,000 Ukrainian Jewish refugees. Thanks to support from the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Family Foundation, we can hopefully provide reprieve and perhaps a celebration for our fellow Jews, whose lives have been turned upside down by Russia’s invasion.
The symbolism of this moment is not lost on us. In 1943 on Erev Pesach, our people revolted against the Nazis in what we now know as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This is perhaps the greatest modern story of our resistance in the face of tyranny:
When the Nazis sought to deport the last remaining Jews of the ghetto, approximately 700 Jews led by Mordecai Anielewicz, staged an armed resistance lasting four weeks. Who could have imagined that this outnumbered and outgunned force would hold out for that long?
The resilience of our people is awe-inspiring.
We hold close the courage of our forebearers, who inspired the birth of our nation in Eretz Israel; who continue to inspire us to help our fellow Jews all over the world. Today we head to Warsaw, tomorrow, who knows where? Kol Yisrael arevim zeh la-zeh, All of Israel is responsibe for one another.