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14. bis 17. Juni 2001 München
»
6th European/Israeli Regional Conference of Gay, Lesbian, Bise- xual and Transgender Jews«,

durchgeführt von
»The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian,

Bisexual and Transgender Jews (WCGLBTJ), Keshet Ga'ava« und »Yachad Deutschland e.V.», der Vereinigung jüdischer Lesben, Schwuler und Bisexueller in Deutschland

Einige der Teilnehmer vor dem Münchner Rathaus

Nach der Regional Conference erhielten wir etliche eMails, Briefe und Anrufe begeisterter TeilnehmerInnen; auszugsweise wollen wir nachfolgend einige dieser Grüße veröffentlichen. Alle unsere Unternehmungen während der Conference, die Workshops, Partys und u.a. der Trip zur Gedenkstätte des KZ Dachau, waren erfolgreicher als im Vorfeld geplant, es sind neue Freundschaften unter den TeilnehmerInnen entstanden und dies wird für alle unvergessen bleiben.

Gemeinsames Beisammensein

Grußadressen

»After Munich, Tony and I went to Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam. I went to Prague for 2 days alone, because Tony didn't have time to get a Czech visa. We had a great European tour. Of course, it started in fabulous fashion in Munich with the conference and your wonderful hospitality. As far as commenting on the conference is concerned, it was really and truly marvelous. One of the best of the more than 17 conferences I have attended since 1985. Everything was well organized. The Fri. night services were particularly meaningful; as well as, of course, the visit to Dachau. That visit will linger with me forever. I don't think the significance of standing on that ground where so many of our brethren who are no longer with us walked has yet sunk in. The Jewish memorial and the service we had there were particularly meaningful. I also thought Thomas Niederbühl's words Wed. night at the dinner and Sat. night at the party were very impressive in their warmth and significance for the occasion. If you have a copy of his message (I think both times were the same), I'd really appreciate your e-mailing it to me. As I said at the Sat. lunch, your entire group and you particularly should be very proud of the conference. Your humility again needs to be noted for someone with so much ability and graciousness. Thanks for everything you and Yachad Deutschland did to make our conference experience one of the most memorable ever.
Hugs and love«
Fred Jacobs

Workshop

»Die Konferenz war super und ich habe die Organisation sehr genossen - vielen Dank noch mal.«
Aaron Knappstein

»To my dear friends of Yachad Deutschland in Munich: I want to let you know how meaningful and enjoyable I found the World Congress's conference last month; attending it was definitely worth the long trip from the States. I came to the conference because I wanted a glimpse of present-day German Jewish life. Some of my preconceived ideas, commonly shared among American Jews, were surprisingly challenged by my experience there. There were many moments and events that were especially moving, including the warm and enthusiastic reception at Beth Schalom and the rabbi's

d'var; the dinner organized by the Mayor's office; the large numbers of your non-Jewish friends who came to the Saturday night party, with the World Congress banner and Israeli flag proudly in view; and the gay, predominantly non-Jewish chorus performing Hebrew songs. The trip to Dachau also reminded me that no matter how comfortable we Jews may be in America or even in Germany, we should never forget. I have no doubt that your organization

Jacobo, Lee, Javier und Alexander

Fred Fischer (vorsitzender Yachad Deutschland e. V.) und Rabbi Greg Kanter (Etz Chayim, Florida)

will continue to prosper. The con- gregation I belong to in Atlanta was founded in 1985 by a handful of gay and lesbian Jews who did not feel comfortable in mainstream synagogues. Today we number 185 members, nearly half of whom are straight, with an openly gay rabbi and a religious school serving over 50 children. I sensed that Beth Schalom is your ally along with the Union of Progressive Jews in Germa- ny, Austria and Switzerland. I know you'll make your presence proudly and widely known with these organi- zations - after all, we cannot thrive in isolation. Again, thank you for a memorable experience. I look for-

ward to seeing you next summer in Israel. Mit freundlichen Grüssen und besten Wünschen.«
Barry Roseman, Congregation Bet Haverim, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Die Schrillmänner aus München singen ein paar jiddische Lieder

»On behalf of all the participants from the UK, I am writing to thank you once again for a wonderful week- end. The hospitality shown by Yachad was out- standing. It was obvious that you put a lot of hard work into organising the events. Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing you when a European social weekend is arranged in the near future.
Lots of love«
Richard Morris,
London

Rabbi Greg Kanter mit a Brezn

»Dear Fred, Dear Yachadniks,
nochmals möchte ich mich an Euch wenden, um nochmals zu sagen, dass ich immer noch von Euerer Mühe für

die wunderbare Confe- rence, die Vorträge und Workshops und Events sehr begeistert bin und, dass ich anlässlich der Conference Gelegenheit hatte, so viele Leute per- sönlich kennenzulernen. Ich bin sehr stolz darauf, Yachadnik von ganz weit entfernt zu sein. Schade, dass ich nicht in beiden Städten, Boston und München, zu gleicher

Charles Steiman im neuesten
Chanel-Kostüm

Charles (mit modischer Pe- rücke) und Rabbi Greg Kanter

Zeit leben kann. Soweit ich irgendwie an der Entwicklung der gay/ lesbischen/jüdischen Bewegung in Mitteleuropa mithelfen kann - lasst es mich wissen. Ich stehe zur Verfügung. Shalom, liebe Freunde! Seid herzlich gegrüsst!«
Mark Schwartz

 
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