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A Tapestry of Tradition, Tenacity, and Time A Virtual Journey Through Jewish Belarus

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Join us for an enriching two-part virtual tour of Belarus, a land steeped in Jewish heritage, history, and heart. Once home to nearly a million Jews, Belarus has been a cornerstone of Jewish life for over four centuries. From the Shtetls to Synagogues, from Yiddishland to the remarkable lineage of Rabbis, artists, scholars, and everyday heroes, discover how our ancestors thrived even amidst adversity. Don’t miss this immersive experience, where we’ll dive deep into the facets of life that shaped the Jewish communities of Belarus: their customs, family life, education, jobs, and even the political and religious conflicts that shaped them. Prepare to walk the virtual cobblestones of a land that still echoes with the voices of our ancestors. 

Evgenia Kempinski is a Russian Jew born and raised in St. Petersburg. Her family was originally from the Pale of Settlement – Poland, Ukraine and Belorussia – and endured the suppression of Judaism in the Soviet Union then the rebirth of Jewish culture and religious life in today’s St. Petersburg. She has been an official St. Petersburg tour guide for over 15 years and is the founder and owner of St.Petersburg Jewish Tours – a company offering Jewish travelers a unique experience of showcasing the best of Russia from a Jewish point of view. She currently lives in Haifa, Israel, still keeping close connections with St. Petersburg and its Jewish community.

CSP Partners: Beth Israel (San Diego, CA), Beth Israel Congregation (Waterville, ME), Center for Small Town Judaism (Waterville, ME), Congregation Adath Jeshurun (Elkins Park, PA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth David (Westminster, CA),Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Hull, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA), Temple Judea of Laguna Woods, CA,  Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY), University Synagogue (Irvine, CA), Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA) & Walnut Street Synagogue (Chelsea, MA).


Tuesday, October 24, 2023
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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