As part of their summer camp on Crete, a group of about fifty high school students from Germany visited the Synagogue on 11 August. The Protestant parish of Ehrenkirchen-Bollschweil in southwest Germany organizes this biannual summer camp which is integrated in the History and Religious Studies curriculum at the students’ high school and allows them to explore the history, culture and nature of Crete.
After a first visit in 2009, parish minister and high school teacher for Religious Studies Ulrich Greder brought also this year’s participants of the summer camp to Etz Hayyim Synagogue to hear a presentation about the history of Etz Hayyim Synagogue and the Jews of Crete as well as some general information about Judaism and Jewish holidays as they are observed at our Synagogue.
The next visit of participants of the summer camp to Etz Hayyim Synagogue is already planned for next year, when parish priest Adela Strobel will take on the organization of the summer camp.
Etz Hayyim Synagogue regularly welcomes groups of high school and university students either from Hania, Greece or abroad.