Shalom from Impact: Chicago by Jenna Shaw
Posted on 07/28/2013 @ 09:00 PM
Shalom from IMPACT: Chicago! My name is Jenna Shaw and I am from GMR BBYO in Chicago.
Today we had the opportunity to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum. Being from Chicago, I have always felt a connection to the museum and enjoyed wandering through the exhibits. However, this time was particularly meaningful. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to introduce a Holocaust survivor at an event in Chicago. During her speech, she frequently spoke of a blanket that saved her life. Today when I saw the blanket, I had the realization that the items that we see in museums have a story behind them and was finally able to conceptualize ideas that I have been struggling to understand.
Later, we had the chance to hear a Holocaust survivor tell her story. Her positive attitude inspired me and really motivated me to take a step back and question my Jewish identity. What was particularly meaningful about the experience was a poem that she wrote. In light of tragedy, she never stopped appreciating her surroundings.
Overall, today was a great day and I am so happy that I was able to examine and discuss a topic that is so important to me with the IMPACT: Chicago community!
Jenna Shaw BBG Coordinator