A Birthday Message from the Janusz Korczak Association of the U.S.A.

A message from Mariola Strahlberg, President, Janusz Korczak Association of the U.S.A., on the Old Doctor’s Birthday:

Dear Korczakians,
Today we are celebrating Janusz Korczak’s Birthday. Every year on this day I realize how blessed I am that I found my way to this very special human being. With each year I am amazed how much I learn by being connected with the wider Korczak community.
This year, for Korczak’s Birthday, Julie Scott is sharing with us three unique and more personal poems from her 8th grade Language Arts classes at the East Valley Middle School in Spokane, Washington. She was teaching these classes during spring 2021 to 90 students over a two-week period. The first two poems were written by students who really connected with Korczak’s story. The third poem is very unusual. The student asked Julie for permission to write something other than a found poetry poem and of course she was fine with that. In that poem you will find a fascinating metaphor where Korczak is a cloud and the orphans are his raindrops.  
I also asked the students to send us their wishes for today’s children and you can find their wishes after their poems.

Mariola published these works here; please take a moment to read them – they are treasures!

Project Rozana/Wheels of Hope Bring Together Three Faiths in One Common Good

For Jews and Muslims in the Holy Land, this May was supposed to be a time of hope. Instead, people of both faiths found themselves praying for peace while the armed forces of the Israeli Defense Force and Hamas/Palestine aimed rockets at targets, with civilians caught in the middle. Indeed, “sometimes, even in the darkest of moments, there are points of light that give hope for a brighter future.” Project Rozana is one of those flickering lights, for people of both groups.

Rozana is a nine-year-old Palestinian girl who was severely wounded in the ongoing conflict there. A group of young Palestinian men took her to a hospital in Israel, where she would get the lifesaving care she needed. Israeli doctors train their Palestinian counterparts in emergency medicine.

Project Rozana takes a three-pronged approach:

  • Train. They train Palestinian health professionals in Israeli hospitals, to return and build community health capacities, particularly identified gaps.
  • Transport. They transport Palestinian patients from checkpoints in Gaza and the West Bank to hospitals in Israel, with NGO partners.
  • Treat. They treat critically ill Palestinian children in Israeli hospitals when Palestinian Authority funding reaches its limit, as well as from centers of conflict.

In short, Project Rozana seeks to “build bridges to better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through health.” Maestro Zubin Mehta explains:

Hadassah Road to Recovery Campaign from Hadassah Australia on Vimeo.

July 7: Night of Action

Faith leaders (Muslim, Jewish, and Christian), elected officials, and activists have pledged their commitment to Project Rozana’s mission and the Wheels of Hope campaign. This event will take place on Wednesday, July 7, 8:00 EDT, on Zoom. Please join this interfaith group! Register online here.

If you missed the event, it has been recorded and can now be streamed here.

Please Donate to Be Part of This Movement for Peace

Donate to Project Rozana’s Wheel of Hope Campaign:
USA Donors
Canadian Donors

Join Congregation Or Ha Lev (Jewish Renewal) for the Next Episode of the Racial Justice Learning Circle

Congregation Or Ha Lev (a Jewish Renewal community) will hold its next Racial Justice Learning Circle (RJLC) discussion will be Sunday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m.

The topic will be the 1921 Tulsa Oklahoma Race Massacre.

To prepare for this discussion, please see the resources below:

VIDEO – 6 minutes – The Origins of Greenwood / “Negro Wall Street” (History Channel) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyrHcgwMIeA&t=1s

VIDEO – 44 minutes – Story of Tulsa Massacre (CBS) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptbuPdkI434

ARTICLE – New York Times interactive article on what the Tulsa Race Massacre destroyed. https://www.nytimes.com/…/us/tulsa-race-massacre.html…

PODCAST 38 minutes – Story of the Newspaper owner in Greenwood. The New Yorker Radio Hour.

Looking Ahead

The next RJLC discussion dates (Sundays, 10:30 a.m.) are:

July 11: Discuss the Tulsa Race Massacre

August 1: Hear from two black college age students: their challenges and hopes for the future. 

September and October: dates to be announced. We will be discussing Isabel Wilkerson’s book Caste.  

For those of you who will not be reading the book, we will send out videos shortly, to watch as preparation. Sections to be covered during these two months:

September: Sections 2 and 3

October: Sections 3 and 4