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Heritage Tour to Dolhinov and surroundings-2007
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| Heritage Tour to Dolhinov and surroundings-2007
"I wish to give some short account about the Heritage Tour to
Dolhinov and surrounding places during the week of 24th - 31st of
July 2007. The Tour was a very extensive one. It comprised visits to:
Minsk, Dolhinov, Iliya, Hachenchitzi, Molodechno, Mir, Nesvizh,
Novogrudek, Lida, Grodno,
Radun, Miadel, Naroch(Kobilnik), Smorgon, Volozhin. Most of the
participants of the tour were Israeli born "sabras" and for them
especially the first encounter with the roots of their families had a
deep meaning and was very significant and emotional. In Dolhinov we
have been met by the children
of the Dolhinov High School with Bread and Salt, all dressed in
Belarus national costumes and singing the "Haveinu Shalom Aleichem"
song in Hebrew. The whole group was very touched
with such a warm welcome. As our Guide confessed, she did not see
anything like it before.
The true feelings of the participants were best expressed at the end
of the Tour by Gideon Liberboim in Hebrew, he is living in USA now. I
am attaching here his English version to be incorporated in this short
account of the Tour. Gideon's words just penetrate deep into the
heart and soul. I am also attaching a few pictures from the Tour to be
I will not elaborate on the visits to other places.
Just some short comments.
We made a special trip to Radun to visit the Memorial grave site of
the famous great Rabbi
"Hafetz Haim". In Novogrudek we visited the new just opened Jewish
Museum, which is mainly devoted to the Ghetto and the unknown heroic
escape through the dug underground tunnel of some survivors. The newly
discovered facts and details are really astonishing. We were upset and
very disappointed to find the famous Volozhin Yeshiva Building
neglected, abandoned and desolated ( it is in Jewish hands now).
As you probably know I am in close contact with the principal of the
Dolhinov High School
Galina Tupitzina. The school and its pupils are responsible for the
maintenance of the Cemetery and the both built Memorial sites. I hope
this special arrangement which has educational value and importance
will continue in the foreseeable future too.
Dloginovo highschool Pupils singing "Haveinu Shalom Aleichem" in Hebrew
Reception at the High School Hall with the principal of the Dolhinov High School
Our reception with bread and salt Dolginovo, 2007
In School foyer with the principal- Heritage Tour to Dolhinov and surroundings-2007
At the Gravestone of grandfather Eliezer Ben Yehoshua Rozin