On Sunday, May 18th one of the most beautiful and central streets of Berlin – Kurfüstendamm – was occupied by hundreds of marching people, taking part in the Jewish Parade for Peace and Tolerance.
Loud Israeli music, trucks with Israeli flags, motorbikes, posters, clowns, balloons and much more – made surprised pedestrians stop for a while to watch this incredible scene happening on a Sunday afternoon. Even though all the weather forecasts were promising a rainy day, thank G-d it was possible to march through “Kudamm” without having one‘s feet soaking wet.
After greetings from Rabbi Yehuda Teichtel, Shliach in Berlin, Dagmar König – the district councilor reminded the crowd that the starting point of the parade – Olivaer Platz – was not chosen randomly: in the 1930’s this was the only place around where the Jewish people were allowed to sit on benches.
Making the Jewish life an integral part of the German capital city is also a matter of concern for Klaus Dieter Gröhler – member of the German parliament.
“Positive actions like this are the best remedy against anti-Semitism,” shared the politician.
The parade was a part of Lag Baomer celebration, which ended with a street festival at the premises of Chabad Jewish Educational Center.
Around 700 people came to partake in the celebration. The special program for children made this day perfect for families. Kosher food, live DJ music, people of all ages and all backgrounds being together turned Lag Baomer into a wonderful holiday of culture, peace and tolerance.
The parade and the street festival were organized by Rabbi Shmuel Segal from Chabad Jewish Educational Center Berlin.