Audio: Holocaust Survivor Inspires Aliyah

Teen Aliyah Program students adopt and care for lonely survivors as part of special program in north.
4/12/2013, 10:50 AM

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Relationship gives old, forgotten survivors 'a reason to keep on living'.

Every other week the boys studying in Mechinat Keshet Yehuda’ Aliyah and Integration Program part of a religious pre-military academy in the Golan Heights visit the homes of Holocaust survivors in the area and bring money, food, medicine and medical supplies. The boys also clean and fix up the survivors’ homes and, most importantly, help relieve the painful loneliness by sitting and listening to the survivor.

The goal of this special program is to allow the survivors to live out the rest of their lives in dignity by adopting them.

Hope and inspiration

The impact this program has on the students is very powerful. “I believe that when we go to visit the survivors, we not only help the people there in need, we are helping ourselves as well. When we see people who suffered so much in their lifetime and still indeed have hope, it gives us hope and inspiration, too.

"There are simply no words to describe the feeling of seeing the smile and joy that we bring these people. It shows us adolescents who are a year away from military service that there is something worth fighting for," remarked one of the students.

Another student was affected so much that he decided to make Aliyah to Israel. “The woman, who I go and visit, really changed my life. When I come to visit her, she constantly reminds me that Israel depends on us, the young people who are willing to make a difference, and she has really been one of the main reasons why I am doing aliyah," he said.

Those interested in learning more about the Mechinat Keshet Aliyah & Integration Program go to

David Lev is a prolific writer with extensive experience in media productions. He is founder of Aliyah Magazine and the Jewish TV Channel, with a focus on connecting Jews to Israel. David is an avid explorer of biblical sites; he is also a serving non-commissioned officer with Israeli security forces, which welcomes potential volunteers. Dr. Sam Minskoff, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Jerusalem providing psychological services to the English speaking community, in particular those pertaining to the Aliyah process. He has an excellent reputation for successfully helping a wide range of people in his unique caring way for individual attention. New confidential enquiries are most welcome. Contact either of them:
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