Ahoj, Whole Megillah readers!
As some of you know, I was named a finalist for a fiction fellowship at Western Michigan University’s Prague Summer Program. So, here I am in Prague, where I’ll be taking courses in fiction and Jewish studies. Classes start tomorrow.
But a walking tour today breezed through the Jewish District, Jozefow, named for Habsburg ruler Joseph II, who was kind to the Jews. The Jewish District was autonomous and had its own town hall.
I could only glimpse the exterior of the 16th-century Maisel Synagogue, built for Mayor Mordechai Maisel. I believe there are five synagogues to visit. My goal is to get to each one.
On Wednesday, our Jewish studies class will visit the Jewish Museum. I’ll have more to report then.