Get to know Aleksandra (Ola) Sajdak, Senior Researcher at the Genealogy Department of the JHI
Discover, Learn, Connect
Qesher, connection in Hebrew, is a project for an unusual time, in which physical borders have become stronger, but we are more in contact than ever.
There are Jewish communities all around the globe with their own unique history, culture, places, and most of all people and stories. All of them different, but sharing so much. We would like to invite you to a virtual journey to discover some of these Jewish stories from around the world.
Therefore every week we introduce speakers from different regions and communities to give you the chance to enrich and deepen your knowledge of our shared Jewish heritage from wherever you happen to be.
At Qesher, we have an international team which has personally experienced how Jewish life is lived in Europe, Africa, Latin America, United States, the Middle East, Asia and the Former Soviet Union.
The feeling of belonging is there everywhere, despite the infinite particularities and differences. We want you to learn about these experiences as well.
Our aim is to include anybody who is interested in joining us. Therefore we have tried to keep our participation fees affordable for everyone. You can choose from three different admission fees according to your ability.
The more you can give, the more you will help us grow and develop this initiative. But we want everybody to feel welcome regardless.
Your contribution will also help to fund a local project, community or organization selected by each one of our speakers.
Qesher is all about connecting between communities, individuals, speakers and participants.
That's why our events have limited spaces, in order to allow interaction between hosts and guests.
You can check our full list of upcoming events and sign up right now by browsing our program.
Did you know?
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Did you know that the city of Kaifeng has the oldest, still existing, Jewish community in China?
Did you know that an archaeological excavation in Lithuania has revealed the remains of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius?
Did you know that tucked away in the north-eastern Caucasus Mountains, there are Jews who have lived there since time immemorial?