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 EDUCATION - THE KEY TO THE FUTURE

 THE PAST:

For over a hundred years, Slovakia had one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in Europe. Then came the Holocaust, and mass deportations that decimated Jewish life here. After the War, those that survived the concentration camps returned and tried to rebuild their lives.

But the physical devastation of the Holocaust was soon followed by the spiritual devastation of over forty years of Communist totalitarianism. By the time of the Velvet Revolution in 1989, only a miracle could reignite the Jewish spark and bring it back to life.

And the miracle is happening.   The Jewish communities of Slovakia have begun the valiant effort of re-vitalizing their social, cultural and religious life. 

Since the appointment of Rabbi Baruch Myers as Rabbi of the Bratislava Jewish community in 1993, he and his wife Chana have had the privilege of being part of this exciting revitalization.

 CHABAD OF SLOVAKIA

As part of this effort, they founded Chabad of Slovakia in 1998. Chabad of Slovakia is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to plan, organize and carry out Jewish educational activities.

The mission of Chabad of Slovakia is to re-connect Jews with their  Jewish heritage by providing them with the opportunity to learn about and live Judaism. 

Our activities are for all Jews, regardless of their age, affiliation, background, belief, level of knowledge or observance. We serve and embrace the full spectrum of Jewish people in Slovakia. 

The governing value of Chabad of Slovakia is simple: the key to Jewish continuity is learning.

Our goal is to make Jewish education available to every Jewish individual in Slovakia, whether it be through attending a class, joining in a holiday celebration, reading a publication, or taking part in any of our activities. Through these programs, the wisdom of our tradition becomes truly relevant, enriching the lives of those who study it. 

 THE JEWISH EDUCATIONAL CENTER OF SLOVAKIA

These activities have resulted in a reawakening of Jewish identity and a growing interest in reconnecting to Jewish heritage. In response to this growth, the Jewish Educational Center of Slovakia was founded in September, 2000.

The building is a beautiful, newly-renovated, state-of-the-art facility in the historic “old town” section of Bratislava. 

The center provides a central location and meeting place for a wide spectrum of educational activities. As the only Jewish educational institution of its kind in the Slovak Republic, it has already evolved into “the” location for Jewish education.

Here is a place to learn and to laugh, to challenge and to explore, to play and to grow, and to feel at home.

IMG_0195.jpgTHE PRESENT:

Today, you can hear the sound of children singing.

The sound of prayer in Hebrew.

The sound of adults, animatedly discussing a point of the Bible.

Combine this with the sight of a lit menorah.

The sight of a set Shabbat table.

The sight of the survivor dancing with the university student on Simchat-Torah.

All of these are living testimony that the spark of Judaism cannot and will not be extinguished. Not by anyone or anything, ever.

THE FUTURE: 

Our children are knowledgeable and proud. Our parents’ hope is renewed – they have the opportunity to know that which was previously denied. Our grandparents share in the joy which comes from the chain of the generations continuing.

 The soul’s call is being answered.

 The next generation will know.

 Education- the key to the future.

 Our activities include:

 The Ronald S. Lauder Gan Menachem Jewish Kindergarten

The Bratislava Hebrew School

The Gan Israel Summer Day Camp

Shabbaton Weekends for Teens

N’shei Chabad Organization for Jewish Women

Adult Education Classes

Lectures and Seminars

Community Pesach Seder

Full range of Jewish holiday events

Publications

Jewish Library