Thoughts from before my trip to Finland and Estonia

There really isn’t long to go now, and I should think about packing the suitcase I’ve left open on the bed in my spare room.

Perhaps I should explain that statement, in a few short days, I’ll be boarding a plane to Holland, and then onto Helsinki to meet up with a group of people from various places, such as the USA, Australia and Israel to meet with and see for ourselves what life is like in the Jewish community there, and then onto Tallinn as well.

It isn’t a holiday, let me make that clear from the start. But there are fun things planned, nights out with our Finnish and Estonian contemporaries, trips to see the sights and so on.  The plans include meeting members of the communities and their institutions – schools, community centres, kindergartens, facilities for the elderly and also working on service projects, for example in Helsinki they need help cleaning up the cemetery, while in Tallinn (and those who know me will say it is designed for me!) we get to bake challah and deliver it to those who need it. Guess I better pack my apron, I’m sure I can explain looking like a slice of pizza will enhance the taste!

I’m not sure quite what to expect from this, it’s the first time I’ve done something like this that has involved the service aspect, it’s one thing to come from the outside, look in and then go away again, but this feels like there might be a chance to make a lasting difference to people’s lives. And also, to learn from what happens in the Baltic, I’m sure there are lessons that can be learned, techniques that can be brought back to Manchester with me.  Maybe that lasting difference will be found back in England too.

 

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May 19, 2016 at 2:33 PM

 

 

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