Yes, this is real, I saw the Northern Lights!

As I write this, the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, is currently visiting the Jewish Community of Estonia. No one really warned me that the president is visiting, but I guess that’s fine since no one else in the office seems to be excited about this presidential visit. But, that’s Estonia for you. I know…

A Harry Potter Passover – Гарри Поттер Песах

I realized I always took for granted the plethora of Passover resources and alternative seder options available in the United States. You don’t like the illustrations in one haggadah? That’s fine; go to a bookstore and buy a different option. You want a haggadah with a more modern commentary? All you have to do is…

Estonian Spring Camp

A moderately known fact: I love camp. Another fact: I love dumping photos on the blog for everyone to see because I tend to get obsessed with events and things in the community in Tallinn. There is a lot to learn in this post!!! The pictures make it seem long, but it is well worth…

~Spring Camp Preview~

During the Jewish School spring break, the community holds a spring camp, Lehaim. Lehaim is a week-long overnight Jewish camp experience for children ages 6-15. Before I dump all the photos onto the blog, here is a preview of camp! For the record, it snowed twice this week, and temperatures really were below freezing. It…

Purim!

After the whirlwind that was February, I hit the ground running after returning to Tallinn for Purim! There actually were too many events in the community, and it was not possible for me to be multiple places at once. There is year-round programming for every age group at the Tallinn JCC. When the holidays hit, there is…

February.

February happened. Period. End of story.  Nine boarding passes and about ten kilos of souvenir food later, I am ready to share what I have been up to for the past month.

“Estonian Jewry Revisited”

An interesting read if you would like to learn more about the Holocaust in Estonia. If you need to enlarge the text: Original Article

Tallinn Pro-Tips

Disclaimer: I wrote this post in the middle of January….and then life took off and I am posting now! Since Hanukkah and Winter Camp, I have had a somewhat normal schedule. Things are going smoothly with programming beginning again as students return to school. I can write more about the programs I’ve been involved in and share…

We Remember

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. I spent the morning at a ceremony at the Jewish Cemetery in Tallinn where many Estonian dignitaries and distinguished Jewish Community representatives shared a few words. Estonia was “Judenfrei,” or free of all Jews, during the Holocaust. However, it was the first European country to grant autonomy to Jews…

Hanukkah!

Night 0 Before we even lit the first candle, Student Club kicked off Hanukkah with Dreidl Party! This was quite the event. Live jazz band, good food, fun games, and fantastic company. Driedl Party was a hit and we surpassed our expected attendance prediction. Side note: I was working on the “atmosphere” for the evening…