We also decided to include the German-Israeli Society, a local group comprised of young adults, most of whom are not Jewish. Two girls from the group helped organize the party with us, and both are studying Hebrew and Jewish Studies in university, which is really interesting considering neither of them are Jewish. When I asked one of the girls where her motivation to learn about Judaism comes from, she seemed flustered by the question. I tried to clarify, explaining that at UCLA, where I studied, the Jewish Studies department is dominated by Jewish students. However, in German universities, Jewish Studies students are usually not Jewish. When I asked her why she thinks that is, she shrugged and said, “It’s probably because of our history.”
At another event at our center in the East, we had dancing, face painting, and different stations where the kids could do arts and crafts and make mishloach manot, gift baskets people give each other on Purim.
Young Adult Seder- For Pesach, I teamed up again with Jung und Judisch to organize a seder for young adults. It was a great experience because just two friends and I led the entire seder. We had around thirty people at the seder from Germany and all over Europe, Russia, Israel, and the U.S., and everybody had different traditions and ways of singing songs that we tried to integrate. We did the seder mostly in German, but each person could read in whatever language they felt comfortable with. It was a lot of fun, and it was nice to have such a wide variety of people from different organizations and groups. The next night, I had seder #2 at my apartment, but it was much more low key after such a big event.
Family Seder at Bambinim- I helped organize a family seder with two other women at Bambinim. We decided to project the hagaddah onto the wall, and we sang a lot of songs and told the story of Pesach using props and the kids as actors. I made decorations with the kids beforehand that I put up on the walls and we set up cushions on the floor, so the atmosphere was very nice.