Audio: The Righteous Dutchwoman and the Jewish Child: Rivka's Story

Rivka Kahana was raised by a gentile and then returned to her parents at the end of WWII. A story of miracles.
2/28/2014, 11:40 AM

A7 Radio's "Life Lessons with Judy Simon" with Judy Simon
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The year is 1943. A young Jewish couple in Holland is expecting a baby, and being encouraged by the Dutch underground to save themselves and their soon-to-be-born child by giving it away to a non-Jew. What should they do?

Jet De-Jong is a Dutch woman who took baby Rivka into her home and raised her lovingly as her own despite the tremendous risks involved. Little Rivka was one of the rare few who was returned to her parents after the war.

Now living in Israel, 70-year-old Rivka Kahana tells her riveting story, full of faith and miracles, harrowing escapes and tremendous kindness.

Tune in to hear this unbelievable tale!

Jet De-Jong and Rivka Kahana, 1944.

Rivka Kahane and family and Jet De-Jong in Israel, 1983.

Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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