Audio: Dignity for Israeli Holocaust Survivors

Interview with Gil Alroy, Development Director of Spring for Holocaust Survivors.
6/15/2014, 11:19 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Our show opened with a special plea and prayer for the 3 young students abducted by Hamas a few days ago. We prayed for their safety and speedy return to the loving arms of their families and friends.
The Holocaust survivor community in Israel deserves all the dignity and derech eretz that is coming their way. Their lives, marked by trauma and pain, should be lived out in later years with some measure of stability and hope. A third of the 180,000 survivors in Israel live below the poverty line. Gil Alroy, Development Director of Aviv (Spring) for Holocaust Survivors ( explains how Aviv's 8,000 trained volunteers meet with survivors and open the doors of access to services and compensation to which they are fully entitled but about which most don't know about. Gil opened my eyes real wide and I think he'll do the same to you.

Then, we looked at the top 10 qualities that make someone a "good" Jew, as articulated in a recent column by Rabbi Stewart Weiss of Raanana. Interestingly, the top 5 of the top 10 all deal with derech eretz! I'm telling you, the world is getting on board! We didn't get too far down the list, as Jack from New Jersey called to add his welcome insights.

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Keep that derech eretz thing going, my friends, and have a great week, Shalom!

Holocaust survivor at the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from Thessaloniki (Reuters).

Rabbi Elan Adler served as a pulpit Rabbi for 25 years in Stamford, Ct and Baltimore, Md prior to making aliyah in 2010. Rabbi Adler received his Smicha from Yeshiva University, had the privilege of being an aide to Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik for two years, was an activist Rabbi in support of Israel and aliyah, and served as the President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. During his tenure as a Rabbi, he was known for being an engaging speaker and teacher, never failing to make easy connections with Jewish people as well as the non-Jewish and African American community. While serving congregations, he was appreciated for being welcoming, embracing of all people, and bringing congregants closer to their Jewish heritage. For more information on Rabbi Adler visit
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