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Review of July 20th's Program Pt. 1

Posted on 07/29/2013 @ 02:00 AM

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Eli Shankman and Josh Kaplan here!

You can't spell "fraternity" without the "nity" in "unity", and here at K'far AZA that's what we're all about. But what is K'far AZA you ask? Well, let me tell you! K'far means village in Hebrew, and much like the shtetls and village communities of yore, we take the value of K'far AZA to develop a tightly knit gaggle of young Jewish leaders here at Perlman. Every Saturday night, the Alephs of Kallah 2013 are graced with a unique opportunity to participate in programming specifically targeting the formation of bonds in our K'far this year!

About a week ago, on the night of July 20th we experienced our very first K'far program. The program was centered around three activities, each focusing on a different element of defending and fashioning our own Jewish identities. As the night started we gathered around a small amphitheater and were instructed to divide into small groups. Each group had its own leader who served as a tour guide and these groups lined up in a queue outside of a small building dubbed "The Museum of Jewish History". As participants entered the museum their eyes were immediately drawn to tables that lined the walls and in a logical counterclockwise progression. The tables were covered in different Jewish ritual items, everything from menorahs to kiddish cups, tefillin to siddurim. Participants approached the first table and the tour guide began his spiel. Every item he picked up was accompanied by a short explanation of its use or purpose, all pointing to the fact that Jews were devil worshipers and Christian killers, and these were the instruments of their demonic agenda. Alephs in the room looked on in disgust and confusion as these blasphemously inaccurate reports went on and on. Then we came to the "Wall of Heroes". Glorifying pictures and biographies of historically infamous anti-Semites dressed the wall. After that participants were directed to view the educational video (a parody of Hey Jude by the Westborough Baptist Church). This video explained all the sins that the Jews have committed, including many shots of young children singing along. Finally we departed the museum and debriefed the experience in another classroom. It was revealed that the museum reflected a Nazi dream of creating a museum of Jewish reflects once the final solution was complete. People shared feelings of anger and sickness but finally agreed on the uplifting sentiment that no people had ever succeeded in exterminating all Jews and that we would stay strong to make sure nothing like that could be a reality in our lifetime or generations to come.

Two more activities came to follow this already unbelievable experience both enhancing our outlook upon Israel and our own morals. These discussions gave us an insight into our brothers' perspectives developing the roots of a true K'far.

Stay tuned for Part 2 describing the rest of the evening.

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