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Lag baOmer in the Garden of Freedom - Peace arrives

A fest of encounters with the Jewish-Chasidic congregation of Karlsruhe took place on May 18th, 2014 at 12 a.m.

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Garden of Freedom with its atmosphere and symbolism opens the space for togetherness. It demonstrates the life lessons that our modern German society can learn from a dark past: The project is dedicated to the dignity and freedom of people, and Germany’s recognition of a Jewish root (through Christianity) in our European culture.

Watch here:
3 minute film about the encounter fest (in German)

Read here:
Detailed press report about the encounter


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The fest commences at the Border Stone. It features a side of suffering, with the inscription “Where dust is turned to light”, as well as a side of freedom and hope as a call for the new life of „Heavenly Jerusalem“: Yerushalayim.


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Next to the Border Stone Rabbi Mordechai Mendelson gives a present to the artist of the Garden of Freedom.


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Jewish children play in front of the Peace Memorial in the Garden of Freedom in Bensheim-Hochstädten.


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Music unites


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The people are in cheerful interaction


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Life at the Tree of Life (in the Peace Memorial, visible in the background)


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The path that leads into the Tree of Life (in the Peace Memorial) over the Threshold of Humility: “Recognize the Holy in your midst”.


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Does the “White Rose” feature a Star of David or a Christmas Star? The Rose of Shalom at the heart of the Peace Memorial. Jews and non-Jews alike are eager to discover more about the underlying symbolism.


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The Border Stone with the sign to “Where dust is turned to light” (Nelly Sachs) and “Yerushalayim”, a call of hope, also recognizing a Jewish root of our European culture. 


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Lessons on Jewish jokes (absolutely recommended for non-Jews). 


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Where dust is turned to light – a kosher picnic with the Jewish congregation. 


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The moment of goodbye – the congregation continues their journey to Michelstadt.


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Quiet has returned to the Peace and Freedom Site by the European long-distance hiking trail. However, the lively bustle soon returns, as many groups of hikers who are enjoying the weather visit the site later in the day.





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