Description: The workcamp takes place in Holesov, a small Moravian town, known for its large pre war Jewish community. The community was wiped-out during World War II and has only very few members today. There is an important synagogue and also a grave of one of the biggest Jewish scholars – rabbi Sach. The workcamp supports the work of the Culture centre of Holesov which maintains the local Jewish cemetery and other Jewish monuments in the town and organizes the festival of Jewish culture called “Jewish Culture Week” which will take place during the workcamp. The goal of the workcamp is to maintain the Jewish cemetery, to help logistically with the organization of the festival and to get to know the local culture.
Type of Work: You will work on the local Jewish cemetery and in the synagogue (about 90% of the working time) where you will help to maintain outdoor areas. The work can include cleaning of pavements, weeding, working with brush cutter, cutting and raking grass, maintaining graveyards, etc. Furthermore, you will help with the technical preparations of the festival “Jewish Culture Week” which takes place in Holesov during the workcamp (10% of the working time). Bring suitable working clothes with you. The work might be physically demanding, weekends are usually working days (because of the festival) but you will get days off during the week.
Study Theme: You can learn more about the Jewish culture, visit local monuments and see concerts, performances and films during the festival. You will have a chance to meet local community during a barbecue in the garden of a local castle or at a traditional lunch with the representatives of the town of Holesov. It is also possible to prepare some activities with and for the local community (such as visiting summer camp for children or a community centre for seniors).
Accommodation: In a hostel in the centre of Holesov. There are beds but you have to bring your own sleeping bags. You will prepare your own meals. During the festival you will have a chance to try Jewish cuisine.
Requirements: Volunteers interested in the Jewish culture are especially welcome!
Approximate Location: Holesov, a middle-sized town with around 12.000 people in the south-east of the Czech Republic
Notes: Leisure time: Trips to the surroundings (e.g. UNESCO site of Kromeriz), free entrance to cultural activities organized by the local cultural centre, free access to the local swimming-pool.
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