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Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover. Rather than dwell on the pain of the past, resilience invites us to consider the future – more specifically, how we can build a strong future together. The Festival of Resilience offers moments for celebration, unity, and bonding, as well as important moments for somber reflection.

Designed by survivors of the attack on the Halle Synagogue in 2019, the Festival invites other groups who have been victims of right-wing extremist attacks to join together for unique rituals of remembrance and powerful coalition-building. Throughout the Festival, there will be a sense of forward-looking, setting goals to strengthen the community we share.

About the Festival

Two years ago, an international group of Jewish young adults living in Berlin traveled to the Jewish community of Halle, Germany, for Yom Kippur. The purpose of the journey, organized by the Hillel Deutschland e.V. Base Berlin project for Jewish young adults, was to bring the spirit and vibe of young Berlin to an emptier synagogue with an older, majority Russian-speaking populace, in the hope of building bridges within the German Jewish community. But on that Yom Kippur day, an attacker with antisemitic, racist, misogynist and xenophobic motivations, with homemade guns and grenades, shot at the synagogue with the intention of murdering everyone inside.

In 2020, our community – both those who were in Halle in person and those in Berlin who are connected – organized the first Festival of Resilience, as a means of healing from the trauma of the attack and processing the enduring presence of right-wing prejudice in this country. Marking the first anniversary in this way was a significant milestone for survivors and a way to bring the larger community together around celebrating resilience.

The timing of the Festival around Yom Kippur and Sukkot is intentional. As the German state observes October 9th, the secular anniversary of the attack, we in the Jewish community naturally tie this memory with the Jewish date of Yom Kippur. For many of us, Yom Kippur will never be the same again – and Resilience season is a way to reclaim this holiday, as well as the following Festival holiday of Sukkot, which focuses on joy. Together, we turn fear and hate into the highest forms of joy. That's why the Festival of Resilience also features TischreiFest, a special party full of music, food, and fun.

We invite you to join us for new and old rituals, workshops, events, and more as part of the second annual Festival of Resilience – to celebrate, to learn, to empower, and to strengthen who we are.

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We are grateful for the support of the Alfred Landecker Foundation, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland, Szloma-Albaum-Stiftung, Mobile-Opferberatung, Genesis Philanthropy Group, OFEK e.V., ZWST Kompetenzzentrum, Friends of Fraenkelufer Synagogue, and our many incredible programmatic partners for supporting this project in its first two years.