Reviving a Sense of Community: Learning from the Jews of Europe

As Madison Jackson traveled as a teenager through Europe, she learned another way of viewing Jewish community–the smaller Jewish community meant that there were fewer resources and fewer options for expressing one’s particular type of Judaism. Instead, what she found was perhaps a greater sense of collaboration and understanding. What can we who have more options and individuality here in the United States learn from European Jewry?

Filmed at the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta, Georgia in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

Madison Jackson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Jewish Pen Pal Program, a non-profit organization which matches individuals with Jewish pen pals around the world in order to help people learn more about global Jewish life ( Madison is a 2019 graduate of Binghamton University where she received a double BA in Judaic Studies and English, and a minor in History. Her past experiences include editing documents for Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden; curating an exhibit on Jewish food from around the world for the Hanukkah House Museum in Binghamton, New York; and serving as a Goldman Fellow at the American Jewish Committee Central Europe office in Warsaw, Poland.

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