Congregation Machzikei Hadas is thrilled to announce that Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD, FAAFP, FASAM will be keynote speaker at our Community Gourmet Shabbat Dinner on Friday, March 17. Kabbalat Shabbat services are at 6:15 pm and the dinner at 7. The costs are $35 (members), $40 (non-members), $15 (children ages 6 to 12) and $5 (children ages 3 to 5).
As a teenager, in Germany, Wollschlaeger slowly became aware of his father’s dark past as a high ranking Nazi officer during the Second World War. The unresolved conflict with his father combined with the latter’s complete denial of any wrongdoing motivated Wollschlaeger to search for answers. Driven by a curiosity to learn the truth about the Holocaust, he studied and explored Judaism, ultimately becoming a Jew by choice. He made aliyah to Israel and served in the IDF. His journey is truly one of strength, conviction, and transformation. [Read more…]