JRoots was established by inspirational educator Tzvi Sperber alongside the eloquent force-of-nature that is Rabbi Naftali Schiff, to facilitate today’s generation of Jews with compelling Jewish journeys. Since JRoots’ launch, thousands of Jewish people from around the world have participated in JRoots trips. The extraordinary journey of the Jewish people is a 4000 year old story that has passed from generation to generation.
JRoots organises inspiring, meaningful and educational journeys to destinations including Poland, Eastern Europe, Israel and Morocco in addition to tailor-made itineraries with communities, organisations, individuals and families. More than a tour, a JRoots journey is an exploration of Jewish life in the context of the given destination.
Yesterday evening was truly humbling, with an address by Daliah Epstein who lost her husband Stuart very suddenly last year, aged 44. Stuart was an active supporter of JRoots and had such a positive effect on all those who met him. He was raising funds for JRoots by partaking in a sponsored silence, and as a mark of respect, guests stood in silence for one minute to remember Stuart and what he stood for.
Also on stage was a candle lighting ceremony with three esteemed Holocaust survivors, and numerous young participants of JRoots programmes.
The room was filled with warmth, with love, with respect, and with a collective will to ensure that the lessons of yesteryear are passed on to the generations of tomorrow. It was such an honour to be involved, and here is a selection of our favourite images…