AND EUROPE WILL BE STUNNED
The First International Congress of the JRMiP in Berlin
May 11th — 13th, 2012, daily from 3 pm –10.30 pm
Hebbel am Ufer/ HAU 1
How should the EU change in order to welcome the Other?
How should Poland change within a re-imagined EU?
How should Israel change to become part of the Middle East?
Join international delegates at the first congress of The Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP) to address and answer these questions. For three days we will assemble in Berlin to collectively imagine a new future and to formulate the concrete platform and demands of the movement. The Congress is taking place within the framework of the 7th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art and will operate as a symbolic parliament, debating about one question per day.
The JRMiP invites you to raise your voice and take part. Become a delegate or an
active participant. at the Congress. Be aware that seats are limited. Use the chance and contribute your demand to the movement’s platform and vote upon the future agenda of the JRMiP. Participation as delegate or active participant is FREE!
Regular audience can buy tickets here: www.hebbel-am-ufer.de
The Congress will depart from a letter of the late leader of the Movement, Sławomir Sierakowski, found after his assassination:
To my friends and comrades,
I can feel that I might be gone soon, but I know that you won’t run out of strength and imagination to change the world. Ties and imagination are what we need to enable the social change that we promised ourselves when we summoned 3.3 million Jews to return to Poland. What we want is to create a world in which such a plan would not simply be dismissed as utopian. Utopia for us seems to be the conviction that there are no alternatives to the existing world.
In today’s world, we are still ruled by fear for our safety and by shame about getting involved. Man is still a wolf to his fellow man, since no tale of a better world engages him more than his own private interest. If we want to overcome the globalized ‘state of nature’ in which we live, we should create social ties. Because only the trust that we have for each other will allow us to get involved in building a better world beyond our personal affairs. I had a dream about what should be changed in Poland. But we need more dreams and imagination to change Europe and the Middle East. And I can promise you that these changes will be big and difficult to carry out. That’s why I’m asking all of you to think about them together. Argue, debate, and choose those that will best serve our cause. The cause of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMIP)! I know that if you get together and trust each other, you will be able to come up with exciting suggestions and give a democratic mandate to our dreams. Each and every one of us is responsible for social change!
Here is my proposal for changes in Poland: 1. Polish citizenship to all immigrants! 2. Reintegration tax to cover the costs of moving 3.3 million Jews to Poland! 3. Hebrew as the second official language in Poland! 4. Dismissal notice of the Polish state concerning the concordat with the Vatican state – each religious institution should act on the same level! 5. Minorities House instead of Senate in Polish Parliament!
Once again I wish you ties and imagination!
…and Europe will be stunned!
December 16th, 2010