Wed 11 April 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ben Yehuda 86 - , Tel Aviv,
Adopt-A-Safta: Is Honored to Present:
Tel Aviv Community Yom HaShoah Memorial Ceremony
& in person Holocaust Survivor Testimonies (in-English)
Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, 7pm-9pm
Venue: 86 Ben Yehuda, Ichud Olam, Tel Aviv
Cost: Free, Patrons must register to attend
About the Organization: Adopt-A-Safta:
Adopt-A-Safta is a non-profit initiative that honors Holocaust memory & pairs young professional Internationals and Israelis with Survivors of the Shoah who feel lonely. Working off of the Big Brother/Big Sister model, our young volunteers will “adopt” a grandmother or grandfather in Israel that is in need of love and attention. Our goal is to train as many volunteers as possible and to connect these two communities; young professionals seeking to make meaningful contributions, and the Survivors in need of warmth and connection, while we still are blessed with the presence of this holy generation.
About Our Venue: Ichud Olam
Ichud Olam at Ichud Shivat Zion is a dynamic modern orthodox community of young families and professionals from diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds, and from all across the religious spectrum, who have moved to Tel Aviv to live in the heart of the modern Jewish State. From our humble beginnings in 2000, we have created a place of gathering and prayer that is warm and welcoming for our growing membership, and many more guests, who regularly attend our bet knesset. Our minyan consists of new and veteran olim as well as many native Israelis. ichudolam.org
The Problem: 50,000+ lonely Holocaust Survivors in Israel.
A report published by the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel indicates that 40% of Shoah survivors feel lonely, 12,000 lack even proper heating, and 5% suffer from shortages of food.
The CEO of the Foundation for the Benefit of Shoah Survivors in Israel has said: “One hungry or lonely Holocaust survivor on Passover eve – is a failure for the State of Israel…The younger generation will never forgive us if we fail to care for the older generation with the respect it deserves. I call on all relevant parties, headed by the finance minister and his office to provide all the necessary means immediately.”
However, at Adopt-A-Safta we do not believe that any citizen should ever wait for the government to act on social issues of this historical importance. Shoah survivors are an invaluable treasure and they deserve a treasure that alleviates some of their suffering. We believe that the State of Israel has such an invaluable resource now.
We are talking about our incredible community of young professional Internationals and Israelis that grasp the importance of social justice, volunteerism, and activism, specifically in Tel Aviv, Haifa, & Jerusalem.
We see no need to wait another day – too much is lost waiting for others to act, waiting for permission, waiting for money. We know that we can make a major dent in the problem of comforting lonely Shoah survivors today; not to do so as a responsibility, but as a noble honor.
All volunteers will be responsible for visiting their “adopted” grandmother or grandfather throughout the year, with regular phone calls and reports on their well-being.
Those 50,000 that were lonely last year for the holidays will not be alone anymore. Please join us in Adopt-A-Safta.