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 http://www.idfprep.org