Students from class II c with teachers from our school, Mrs Beata Pisarczyk - Zabiciel, Mrs Eliza Leszczyńska - Pieniak and Mr Zbigniew Kordyaczy had a chance to participate in a ceremony of bar mitzvah, which took place in the Synagogue in Zamość on the 3rd July 2014 at 12 p.m. Jake Wisnik, from the USA, had decided to organise this important ceremony, confirming his coming of age, in Zamość because this is where his ancestors came from. The whole event had an incredibly joyful atmosphere - Rabbi David Holtz, who came from the USA with the Wisnik family, was playing the guitar and singing and so did the guests. Reading the Torah was the most important part of the ceremony because Jake had done it publically for the first time, which meant that he has been responsible for his acts in front of God since then. Jake's parents, Eva and Robert, said a few words to their son and also thanked everybody for coming and the students from class II c for deepening their knowledge about the Jewish religion and culture and for preparing a walking tour tracing the Jewish past in Zamość. Being participants of School of Dialogue project, the students had an opportunity to take part in Jake’s bar mitzvah which was the first such ceremony organised in Zamość since the World War II. It was an unusual experience which allowed the students to extend their knowledge and see with their own eyes what one of the most important Jewish ceremonies looks like. The teachers as well as the students of our school were interviewed by the media after the tour, which had been organised in English by the students and Mrs Beata Pisarczyk - Zabiciel.
The note on the ceremony was written byKatarzyna Brzuś, IIc.