Holocaust Memorial Day
Today is Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)
Last night I had the opportunity to commemorate this day together with 80 kids that came to listen to a testimony of two local Holocaust survivors As part of Zikaron Basalon (https://www.zikaronbasalon.com ). Two of this testimonies were based on the fact that non Jewish people risked their lives to save people they did not know.
After the testimony I had the privilege to lead a discussion with the teens - Holocaust and I. I asked questions to challenge the participants such as how they feel on a day like that? is the memory of the holocaust is part of the daily routine?
After this two questions the kids took the lead. They felt that this was their time to share what was in their hearts, the stories of their families, Anti-Semitism in their schools, and finally the importance of the program. One of the teens- Jorden shared with us his thoughts: “I feel that today it’s easy to remember because we still have Holocaust survivors to come and tell us their story, in few years I don’t know how I will teach my kids about it.”
Jorden added, “We frequently say “Never Forget” but what we should never forget? Is it just about remembering or is there a bigger message about how we act in our life, think of other, and to save lives of people that we don’t know”
Jorden words are exactly the reason why we did this program - to take the story of the past and to learn together how it can influence our future better.
In Israel, the holocaust is part of our life the all country stops to remember together. I am thankful for the opportunity that I had yesterday to stop everything and to remember together with our teens.
And I want to share with y’all a very unique and powerful video that was made in Israel few days ago in honor of Holocaust survivors and Holocaust Memorial Day.
This video made by Koolulam – a social-musical initiative aimed at bringing together people from all corners of the diverse, multi-cultural Israeli society. Their idea is to stop everything for a few hours and just sing - together. The project enables its participants to enjoy the feeling of togetherness through a deep communal experience and to create a social choir, full of hope and optimism.