Chapter: Development / Encounter Fest


Lag baOmer at the Jerusalem Friedensmal - Peace arrives

A fest of encounters with the Jewish-Chasidic congregation of Karlsruhe took place on May 18th, 2014 at 12 a.m.

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Jerusalem Friedensmal with its atmosphere and symbolism opens the space for togetherness. It demonstrates the life lessons that our modern German society can learn from a dark past: The project is dedicated to the dignity and freedom of people, and Germany’s recognition of a Jewish root (through Christianity) in our European culture.

Watch here:
3 minute film about the encounter fest (in German)

Read here:
Detailed press report about the encounter


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The fest commences at the Border Stone. It features a side of suffering, with the inscription “Where dust is turned to light”, as well as a side of freedom and hope as a call for the new life of „Heavenly Jerusalem“: Yerushalayim.


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Rabbi Mordechai Mendelson hands over at the Border Stone a Jerusalem sculpture made of silver to the initiator of the project of the Jerusalem Friedensmal.


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Jewish children play at the Jerusalem Friedensmal in Bensheim-Hochstädten.


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Music unites


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The people are in cheerful interaction


The mayoral candidates of Bensheim at the Circle of Peace, 2014.
The mayoral candidates of Bensheim at the Jerusalem Friedensmal. From left to right: Bernd Rettig (mayor of Bensheim-Hochstädten), Franz Apfel (BfB), Rabbi Mordechai Mendelson, Rolf Richter (CDU), Sylvia Kloetzel (SPD), Jürgen Kaltwasser (mayor of Lautertal), Roland von Hunnius ( FDP, county Mountain Road).


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Life at the Tree of Life (in the Circle of Peace, visible in the background)


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The path that leads into the Tree of Life (in the Circle of Peace) over the Threshold of Humility: “Recognize the sacred in your midst”.


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What do you see? Do you see a Star of David or a Christmas Star on twelve white petals? It is the Blossom of Shalom at the heart of the Circle of Peace. Jews and non-Jews alike are eager to discover more about the underlying symbolism.


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The Border Stone with the sign to “Where dust is turned to light” (Nelly Sachs) and “Yerushalayim”, a call of hope, also recognizing a Jewish root of our European culture. 


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Lessons on Jewish jokes (absolutely recommended for non-Jews). 


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Where dust is turned to light – a kosher picnic with the Jewish congregation. 


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The moment of goodbye – the congregation continues their journey to Michelstadt.


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Quiet has returned to the Peace and Freedom Site by the European long-distance hiking trail. However, the lively bustle soon returns, as many groups of hikers who are enjoying the weather visit the site later in the day.





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