An inspiring project to mark 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz has launched across the world. The ‘70 Days for 70 Years’ project, the brainchild of Rabbi Andrew Shaw, Director of the Living and Learning (education) Department of the United Synagogue, is a global project which aims to engage participants of all ages in Jewish learning for 70 Days.
The project started on January 25th and ends 70 days later, on the first day of Pesach.
The London launch for the ‘70 Days for 70 Years’ project took place on Sunday 25th January 2015 at St John’s Wood United Synagogue, marking Day 1 of the project.
The launch featured the ‘70 Days’ video, and speakers included Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Holocaust survivor, Mrs Lily Ebert, who shared her experiences of being a prisoner in Auschwitz from 1944 until its liberation.
Further launches took place in Jerusalem on 18th January 2015 with the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and Chair of the Yad Vashem Foundation, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, and in New York on 27th January 2015 with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Throughout 2015 there will be further global launches including Sydney, Zurich, Johannesburg and Paris.
About the Project
‘70 Days’ is a United Synagogue Living and Learning Project that aims to connect Jews across the world in a learning project in memory of a victim of the Holocaust. The project aims that Jews of all ages should join together through this project to remember the past to build a future.
The 70 Days project follows the hugely successful ’50 Days for 50 Years’ (5000 participants in 1995), and ’60 Days for 60 Years’ (100,000 participants in 2005).
The project will take place across the world including: England, America, South Africa, Australia, France, Germany, Israel and Switzerland. Participants can take part in the project via books produced in English and Hebrew and later in the year in French and German, or via the Kindle version.
In the UK, every United Synagogue member household, Tribe members in years 10-13, Tribe campus members and Tribe Community Members will receive a free copy of the book and learning card.
Participants will read an-essay-a-day for 70 Days from the ’70 Days for 70 Years’ book which contains 70 thought-provoking questions, ideas, stories and articles by world-renowned authors and scholars. Each participant will also receive a learning memorial card, containing the name and details of one victim of the Holocaust, in whose memory they will learn.
The project will be enhanced by events across United Synagogue and independent communities across the country including Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham. Participants will be brought closer together to share their learning experiences through the use of online media including Facebook, Twitter and blogs on the 70 Days website: www.70for70.com.