You will work at the local Jewish cemetery and in the Sach synagogue (about 90% of working time) where you will help to maintain outdoor areas. The work can include cleaning of pavements, weeding, working with brush cutter, cutting and raking grass, maintaining graveyards, etc. Furthermore, you will prepare the Jewish Culture Festival which takes place in Holesov during the workcamp (10% of working time). Bring suitable working clothes with you. The work might be physically demanding, weekends are usually working days (because of the festival) but you will get days off during the week.
Study part: You can learn more about Jewish culture, visit local monuments and see concerts, performances and films during the festival. You will have a chance to meet local community during a barbecue in the garden of a local castle or at a traditional lunch with the representatives of the town. It is also possible to prepare some activities with and for the local community (such as visiting a summer camp for children).
In a hostel in the centre of Holesov. There are beds but you have to bring your own sleeping bags. You will prepare your own meals together as a group.
Holesov (12,000 inhabitants), a historical town located in the south-east of the Czech Republic
Leisure time: Trips to sights of interest in the region (e.g. UNESCO site of Kromeriz, pilgrimage hill of Hostyn, open-air museum etc.), free entrance to cultural activities organized by the local cultural centre, free access to the local swimming pool.
The workcamp takes place in Holesov, a small Moravian town, known for its large pre war Jewish community. The community was wiped-out during World War II and has only very few members today. There is an important synagogue and also a grave of one of the biggest Jewish scholars – rabbi Sach. The workcamp supports the work of the Cultural Centre of Holesov which maintains the local Jewish cemetery and other Jewish monuments in the town and organizes the festival of Jewish culture called Jewish Culture Festival which will take place during the workcamp. The aim of the workcamp is to maintain the Jewish cemetery, to help organize the festival and to get to know the local culture.
Volunteers interested in the Jewish culture are especially welcome!
Participation fee: 20 EUR. Due to limited access to public resources, INEX-SDA kindly asks participants to contribute 20 EUR towards the costs of workcamp coordination and administration. The fee will be collected in cash upon arrival. Please note that this fee doesn’t directly contribute to the budget of the workcamp itself.
See the photos from the 2018 workcamp: https://goo.gl/br2nNo