Support Rabbi Soloway on The Ride for the Living This June

I want to tell you about this amazing ride I am doing in June, challenging myself to ride the 60 miles from Auschwitz-Birkenau to the JCC Krakow as part of the 2023 Ride For The Living. I’m participating in this important journey not only to remember the Holocaust and its victims, but also to celebrate the miraculous rebirth of Jewish life in Poland and to assist with relief efforts for the 150,000 Ukrainians who have moved to Krakow since the war broke out in February 2022.

Along with other participants from around the world, I will cycle away from the horrific past and toward a brighter future to show the world that, despite our history, the Jewish people continue to thrive and move forward. Money raised during Ride For The Living will provide necessary support to the Jewish Community Center of Krakow, which serves as the focal point of the revival of local Jewish life with over 850 Jewish members, including a Senior Club with 50+ Holocaust survivors, a Hillel with almost 70 members, and the FRAJDA Early Childhood Center and preschool. Additionally, money raised this year will also allow JCC Krakow to continue providing humanitarian aid to Ukrainian Refugees. Since the war began, JCC Krakow has provided food, housing, supplies, and much more to over 180,000 Ukrainian refugees.

I am doing the ride with my old friend and colleague Rabbi Greg Alexander from Cape Town. We would love to surpass our goal to help support the mission of Krakow’s amazing JCC and its dedicated staff and volunteers. If you would like to contribute to our campaign, please visit Riding Rabbis Return home page here.

JCC Krakow has been changing the lives of Jewish Krakowians for over 14 years, and with your support, they can continue their valuable work. My personal connection to this ride is the close connection I had to an amazing, remarkable woman called Irene Ilona Rosenschein, who survived the horrors of Auschwitz with her three sisters and whose 5th yahrzeit is coming up this month – may her memory always be a blessing!

Thanks to those of you who have already supported us.  

To sponsor the ride, DONATE HERE

Thanks so much

Blessings,

Rabbi Marc

About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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