Slutsk, Mayn Sluts (or Slutsk, My Slutsk, a popular Yiddish song sung before World War II and in 2015 on a Helix bus)

Yesterday, Helix went to Slutsk and Uzda, the former a shtetl known for its weavers, the latter, the hometown of the Hebrew writer, Dvora Baron. It was a powerful day of engaging locals, who helped us animate the ghosts of the past.  I generally try to learn the names of people I encounter on my journeys,… Read More Slutsk, Mayn Sluts (or Slutsk, My Slutsk, a popular Yiddish song sung before World War II and in 2015 on a Helix bus)

Why Belarus is a Fascinating Place for a Jewish History Tour

Yesterday I collected a few “fun facts” about independent Belarus that reflect on why this country makes for a fascinating place to begin an exploration of a multicultural eastern European past…and possible present.  Our first few days, we explored Minsk, Volozhin, and Smorgon, each central for Jewish cultural history and Jews’ relationship to a multicultural region.… Read More Why Belarus is a Fascinating Place for a Jewish History Tour