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.
WATCH: Resilience 2021 Kickoff,
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LIVE podcast episode!
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.