Yad Ezer La-Haver foundation was founded in the year 2001, when the background to its establishment was the difficult social and economic situation in the country.
The foundation runs a 'Warm Home' for Holocaust survivors, soup kitchens for needy families and children at risk. As a rule the foundation strives to help every person in distress who turns to them, and not to turn away any empty-handed person.
  • A Pageant for Holocaust Survivors

    Each year, Haifa, Israel, plays host to a beauty pageant. But the contestants aren’t what you’d expect.
    of the participants, but Rita doesn't see it that way. For her, the pageant is a way for survivors from all over Israel to come together and celebrate being alive. Great Big Story is a video network dedicated to the untold, overlooked & flat-out amazing. Humans are capable of incredible things & we're here to tell their stories. When a rocket lands in your backyard, you get in.
  • 'We are the last Auschwitz survivors'

    She kept silent for 40 years. Yet, since Judith Rosenzweig learned the Holocaust is being denied with greater regularity, she decided to speak about the ghettos, forced marches and concentration camps she survived.
    "The past lives on in me, it cannot be hidden," says Judith Rosenzweig. Now, in old age, her childhood memories are coming back. Rosenzweig was born in 1930, in what was then the Republic of Czechoslovakia. In 1942, she and her family were deported to Theresienstadt. From there, they were taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp. She, her mother and her sister survived the ordeal. After various internments at labor camps, she was sent to the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. Her mother died just one week after the camp was liberated. Judith Rosenzweig never saw her father after they were separated at Auschwitz. She arrived in Israel in 1948, at the age of 18. There, she worked as a nurse and started a family. Today, the 87-year-old lives at a senior citizens' home for Holocaust survivors in Haifa. The home was started by the Yad Ezer L'Haver (A Helping Hand for a Friend) initiative as a way to help Holocaust survivors in need. It is partially financed with aid from the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), a Christian Zionist organization.

    By: “Yad Ezer Lechaver” News reporter   Born in a small town in Poland bordering Germany, Miriam remembers the day the Nazis arrived. Just five days after their initial attack on Warsaw, Nazi troops marched into town, closed all Synagogues, executed the first Jew and assigned the rest of them to hard labour. Miriam and other young girls had the gruelling task of clearing snow and stones off a field, only to be ordered to put the stones back the very next day. Anyone not working hard enough, in the eyes of the Nazis, was ruthlessly beaten.      Before long, Miriam and the others were transported to Ghetto Lodz. They lived there for a month: Sleeping in the cold, winter streets on makeshift straw mattresses before being marched back to town, where another Ghetto had been prepared. One by one, Miriam’s sister, brother and grandmother were sent off to different camps; she never saw them again. Miriam can still recall the sounds of wailing and sobbing as family members were separated.   In 1942, Miriam was sent back to Ghetto Lodz, a place of starvation, sickness and constant death, only to be taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau two years later. The קרא עוד

    By: R.Frizi "Yad Ezer Lechaver" News reporter For the rest of the world, Holocaust Remembrance Day is every January, when the Allied armies liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. In Israel, however, this occasion is held in the spring. For Israelis, this year’s Yom HaShoah– Holocaust Remembrance Day – falls on the 5th of May; since the date is fixed in the Jewish calendar, it changes from year to year in the Western calendar. Inaugurated in 1953 and anchored in a law signed by the Prime-Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion and President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, the originally-proposed date was the 14th of Nisan, the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising (April 19, 1943). The timing was problematic, however, because it fell right after Passover. So the date was moved to the 27th of Nisan, eight days before Israeli Independence Day.   Every year on Yom HaShoah, "Yad Ezer Lechaver" hosts a special ceremony at our Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors, which is attended by many dignitaries from Haifa and other cities, including Rabbis and political figures, groups of students, soldiers and other Israeli servicemen and women. Yudit Herskowitz: I lost all my family in Auschwitz. When we arrived in Auschwitz, we were separated קרא עוד
  • A Delegation of Guests from Germany visits the ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors

    On Friday this week a large delegation of many guests from Germany visited the Holocaust survivors, residents of the ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’
    On Friday this week a large delegation of many guests from Germany visited the Holocaust survivors, residents of the ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’ of the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ Foundation in the foundation’s Village of Kindness in Kassel Street in Haifa. The many guests visited and toured around the ‘Warm Home’ of the Holocaust Survivors, and the ‘Monument to the Survivors’ Museum, which was established by the foundation in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. They also visited the Holocaust survivors’ houses, and during the visit the Holocaust survivors and guests assembled for an exciting meeting in the foundation’s ‘Social Club’, where a short film was screened to them about the Holocaust survivors’ visit to the Israeli President’s Residence that took place not long ago in Jerusalem, on the occasion of International Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27/01/2016. The guests from Germany were given an extensive overview in German by Yudit Setz, Deputy Director of the Welfare Department at the Christian Embassy of Jerusalem who accompanied the visit throughout the whole day, about ‘The Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’ and the lifetime achievements of Shimon Sabag.
  • President of Israel Reuven Rivlin greets Holocaust survivors in the warmest of welcomes at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day !

    On the occasion of ‘International Holocaust Memorial Day’, which fell on Wednesday this week 27/1/2016, Holocaust survivors, staff and volunteers of the ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’ of the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ foundation were hosted at the residence of the Israeli President in Jerusalem.
    President of Israel Reuven (Rubi) Rivlin met and hosted the Holocaust survivors in great warmth at a meeting of the most exciting caliber, and many present shed a tear.” During the meeting President Rivlin said to the Holocaust survivors: “To those who lived at the bottom and managed to establish a home here, it is our duty to promise them that the Holocaust survivors who live among us, will live out their lives in comfort and will have peaceful lives. The Israeli President further added: “It is no more than our moral duty as a country and as a people, with the window of opportunity gradually closing to promise the generation of survivors the required wellbeing. We, here in this country, owe to the Holocaust survivors these moments that shall not be lacking. The People of Israel is alive, and the survivors are without doubt one of the reasons for that.” Founder and director of the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ foundation Mr. Shimon Sabag, awarded during the meeting a painting born of the fruits of the paintbrush of a resident at the foundation’s ‘Warm Home’, Holocaust survivor Ms. Manya Hermann and this accompanied Mr. Shalom Shamberg, 92 years old, a Holocaust קרא עוד
  • Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Holocaust survivors of the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ Foundation on the occasion of ‘International Holocaust Memorial Day’ on 27/1/2016

    There was enormous excitement today, Wednesday 26/1/2016, among the Holocaust survivors of the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ Foundation’s ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’ when they met with Prime Minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu in his Tel Aviv office.
    ניצולי שואה מיד עזר מתארחים אצל מר בינימין נתניהו במשרד ראש הממשלה שבלשכתו בתל - אביב The meeting took place on the occasion of the ‘International Holocaust Memorial Day’, which will fall on Wednesday 27/1/2016. This day is marked in the different countries of the world, and this date was chosen because it was the day when the extermination camp Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army…to remember and not to forget! During this most exciting meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “The Holocaust took place because the Jewish people had no country, today whilst we have a country with a strong army, we can cope with all of those who want also today to destroy us.” The Prime Minister further added to his remarks to the Holocaust survivors: “When I see all of you I say- the People of Israel is alive, and my duty as Prime Minister is to continue to concern myself that we have a country that can defend all its inhabitants. For me your stories are not just a memory but a commandment.” Prime Minister Netanyahu turned to founder and director of the foundation Mr. Shimon Sabag, and said to him: “I want to thank you Shimon, I am grateful to you for all the sacred activity that you do and on קרא עוד
  • 70 Years on Delay

    It’s never too late, 70 years on delay: The most delayed yet exciting Bar and Bat Mitzvahs for dozens of Holocaust survivors at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
    The foundation led by its founder and CEO Mr. Shimon Sabag, who first came up with the idea, worked tirelessly for several months, initiated and carried out this most unusual and exciting event for the Holocaust survivors living in the 'Residential Home for Holocaust Survivors', which is in the suburb of…in Kasel Street in Haifa. Dozens of Holocaust survivors celebrated this week on Monday 13.7.2015 belated Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in the presence of the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, Knesset member Yair Lapid, along with other Knesset members and plenty of other guests. This colorful and unusual event was initiated and organized by the foundation 'Yad Ezer Lechaver' for the benefit of the survivors, who were denied such a celebration in their childhood because of the oppression of the Nazis at the time of the Holocaust. The event began in the morning with an excursion that set out from the foundation's base in Kasel Street in Haifa. Among the Holocaust survivors 16 Bar Mitzvah 'boys' and 14 Bat Mitzvah 'girls', accompanied by dozens of other Holocaust survivors from the 'Warm Home קרא עוד
  • Delegations from Germany and Russia arrived for a visit at the ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’

    A number of days ago, two delegations arrived from abroad for an exciting visit to the foundation’s village of kindness. The delegations visited the ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’ of the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ Foundation. The first delegation arrived from Germany, dozens of people from the delegation attentively listened to the chilling testimonies of a number of Holocaust survivors who live in the ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’. One of the most emotional things during the course of their visit was the testimony of 97 year-old Holocaust survivor, Ms. Shoshana Kolmer. The delegation was given a comprehensive overview of the foundation’s village of kindness and the ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’.