Remembering Together — Large Multi-Generational Delegation Embarks on 2014 March of the Living
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TORONTO: Twenty-one delegates, one rabbi and one cantor from Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto are participating with thousands from around the world on the 2014 March of the Living. It is a pilgrimage that they have always dreamed of making and one that they will surely never forget. “Every person I’ve met who has been on the trip says the same thing: ‘Just go.’ It seems to be one of those life experiences that simply must be experienced,” says Danu Mandlsohn, a third generation Temple Sinai congregant who was invited to embark on this year’s march.
For the third year in a row, Temple Sinai is sending a delegation, accompanied by Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg, of young adults like Danu on the March of the Living. The synagogue’s mandate of lifelong learning and traditional Jewish culture promotes trips like these so that its members can live and experience Jewish life. Last year’s participant Danielle Dancyger commented about her journey, “Ten thousand people from every corner of the earth, all in blue, all united, honouring those lost, looking to the future and singing Hatikvah — simply unforgettable.” This year, along with Danu, Adam Freedman was invited to represent Temple Sinai. “This pilgrimage marks the culmination of three decades of Holocaust education imparted in the classroom, at shul and Yad Vashem and around the Shabbat dinner table,” says Adam.
Temple Sinai also strives to strengthen its youth’s connection to Judaism and its history. Katie Oringel, cantor and youth director at Temple Sinai, is leading a delegation of youth, as well as conducting a choir from Toronto, the only choir to participate. She is the first cantor ever to be invited to participate on March of the Living. The Toronto choir will perform at the commemoration ceremonies at Auschwitz and in Israel for Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron.