Yom Hashoah in Jerusalem

Yom Hashoah In Jerusalem
At 10 am on Monday morning, Jerusalem lay still. As the sound of the Holocaust Memorial Day siren filled the air, cars ground to a halt. The people of the city stood together, remembering the 6 million who perished.

A special evening program at Mishkenot Sha’ananim explored the concept of memory and what it means to be the child of a Holocaust survivor. Human rights law expert Phillipe Sands’s presented his new book, “East West Street,” which describes the author’s family history journey when he is invited to lecture in Levov, his grandfather’s birthplace. He discovered hidden secrets about how his family escaped the Holocaust, and learned about Raphael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht, two founders of modern human rights law who were born in Levov. In a conversation with Dr. Michal Guvrin, Sands explored the nature of writing, trauma, and memory, in a meaningful and thought-provoking evening..

The Koschitzky Young Adults Center in Canada House held a multi-lingual ceremony in Hebrew, French, Russian, Spanish, and English. Survivors told their stories as part of “Zikaron Basalon”, (Memories in the Living Room) a new initiative for Holocaust survivors to share their memories in a wide array of settings that encourage conversations.

The Foundation was privileged to hear from Holocaust survivor Charles Sigman, as he shared with us his unique story about his survival from Terezinstdadt and his journey from his native Holland to the United States.  Our staff was extremely moved and appreciated the chance to meet such a special individual, whose warmth radiated from his face and whose presentation was punctuated by humor, despite the heavy subject matter.

The Jerusalem Foundation is proud to support events that give a voice to Holocaust survivors, such as the events at Mishkenot Sha’ananim and Canada House. We believe in preserving each survivor’s unique story and their dignity and that is the reason why we are at the forefront of efforts to provide social services and support for Jerusalem’s 22,000 Holocaust survivors.

Café Europa, with 5 branches in Jerusalem, ensures that survivors are not alone.  At Café Europa, they are offered an array of social and cultural services, and access to social workers who ensure they receive all the rights they deserve. A mobile “Café on Wheels” provide computers, a library and visits by trained multi-lingual volunteers for homebound survivors.

“Café Europa is where I can socialize, hear a concert, or just read and relax, in the one place where I feel surrounded by those who truly understand me”

Our “I’m Not Alone” crowdfunding campaign raises awareness for Café Europa and the need to fund this important project. It is important to commemorate those who perished and equally important to honor the living.