In the Balkans: to learn the meaning of “Besa”

Rabbi Kerry Olitzky joined our Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Building Bridges to Albania and Bosnia trip. He wrote an article about his experience on Big Tent Judiasm. He shared:

I raised this question again and again in both countries: “What about intermarriage, particularly with those in the Jewish community?” In both cases, and,
of course, even more strongly in Albania, they affirmed intermarriage as part of the fabric of their society which strengthened them rather than undermined their community. There were difficulties, to be sure. And clergy had to find ways to accommodate couplesand their children, but all those we met were committed to doing so. And that seemed to be the most important aspect of itthey were all committed to finding a way.

You can read the full article here