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Home for Holocaust Survivors
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has undertaken in recent years, over 100 Holocaust survivors have been provided with a loving home in which to live out their final years.
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Food Bank
The ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ foundation owns a food bank, which distributes dry food every day to people in need who are referred through welfare departments or organizations, and those in need known to the foundation to be having specific problems that day who receive immediate help.
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Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors
Over the course of the year 2007, the first home for Holocaust survivors in Israel was built in Kassel Street in Haifa. Its foundations are based on loving, embracing and respecting these dear people in their last years.
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Memorial Corner for the Memory of Naomi and Mark Biano
The lives of Naomi and Mark Biano, and a further 21 victims were taken away in a single moment, in a horrendous terrorist attack in the year 2003 that ripped apart and destroyed entire families, children, mothers, fathers, grandfathers and grandmothers. Naomi and Mark were close friends of the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ Foundation; their greatest interest was helping others. The ‘Yad Ezer’ Family mourned the loss of their valuable contribution to the city of Haifa.

Yom Hashoah - Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day

Saturday, July 9, 2016
On May 5th, 2016, the nation of Israel came to a stand still to remember the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. While remembering a very dark time in the history of the world, there is a place that shines with the light of hope. This is the Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors
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FROM A NIGHTMARE TO A DREAM

May 13, 2016
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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.
 
DSC_8152In 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 chaos which greeted them and ensuing months of living constantly surrounded by death were, in Miriam’s words, “beyond the realm of human language” to describe. Thankfully, this nightmare ended when the camp was liberated in the spring of 1945.
 
Miriam’s parents and all but one of her siblings did not survive the war. Once freed, Miriam began her journey to the land of Palestine – soon to become Israel – on the ‘Biria.’ In this ship, the Jewish passengers were packed together like sardines with hardly any access to food, but the hope of arriving in a Jewish homeland kept them alive. Upon arrival, British troops detained Miriam and the other passengers on charges of traveling to Palestine illegally, but as British rule in Palestine was withering, the war victims were eventually released.
 
Miriam recalls dancing in the streets on the day Israel declared statehood. After years of living in a nightmare, she was now witnessing a dream: The Jewish people finally had a home! Today Miriam is a proud mother of three, grandmother of nine, and great grandmother of seven beautiful children.
 
Miriam is a one of thr resident at the "Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors". As her health diminishes, she is grateful for the care and companionship she enjoys at the Home. You can contribute to this work which ensures these precious survivors are surrounded by love in the remaining years of their lives. Make your donation at http://yadezer.org.il/?page_id=3130&lang=en
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2016 HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

May 11, 2016
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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 and we saw smoke, but we had no idea what was happening. I am the only one of my whole extended family that came out alive. I’m still trying to find out what happened to each one of them. Every year at Holocaust Memorial Day I am glued to the TV, hoping to see if I might find something out about my family.On this day is when I hold a personal memorial for all those I lost.
Genia Swartzbert: Every week I light 5 candles. Three for my family that perished and two for the Russian women who saved my life. We should not forget the good things, and we should not forget the bad things.
Chava Herskowitz: It is a very difficult day. When my children were little and still living with me, I tried not to be with them when the sirens went off [for one minute of silence], because I would always cry. We didn’t want to burden our children with our past and wanted them to be happy, so for many years we never told them the things we went through. It is a day I think about my family that was murdered and I say the mourner’s prayer.  It is like visiting their grave on that day.
Shimon Sabag: All of Israel is one and remembers what happened on Yom HaShoah. One third of the Jews in Europe were killed. On this day we remember the families who were murdered. Many have no grave to go to and mourn. It is an important day to learn from - they wanted to destroy the Jewish people, and the world didn't believe it would happen. We hear these voices even today. We need to be alert and learn from the past, so it will never happen again.
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A special Holocaust "Hagadah" for Passover edition

April 11, 2016

Hi,

I'm Shimon, CEO of Yadezer Lehaver, Israeli NPO established in 2001 and engaged in support of Holocaust survivors.

Did you now, that only 54 percent of adult around the world have heard about the Holocaust?

Did you know that most of young people around the world just have not heard about the Holocaust?

Memories about Holocaust just disappear. For me these memories are not just some abstract memories, these are personal memories of people who survived in the Holocaust, people who I help every day.

So, I'd like to ask you to participate in our project. We will prepare special books of "Hagadah" for Passover edition, which would include exclusive art work and personal Jewish receipt of Holocaust survivors.

Cost of the printing and edition is $23,800.  I believe, you will enjoy  reading this book.

In order to donate for this book, click this link:

https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/yad-ezer-lehaver

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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’
March 10, 2016
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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.

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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.
February 4, 2016
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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 survivor from Poland who resided in the Warsaw Ghetto and survived the hell of the death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and his wife Zelda, who is also a Holocaust survivor. Mr. Sabag said in the ceremony full of emotion: “There is no better proof for the Holocaust survivors that the People of Israel, than when the President and the symbol of the country hosts them here today at his residence, the presidential residence with the kind of honour bestowed to kings. If we had had a country at the time of the Second World War, it is clear that there would not have been a Holocaust. Now this is our goal, to strengthen the nation so that those who rise up to destroy us will not succeed and will not even think to do so.”

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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.
February 3, 2016
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ראש ממשלת ישראל מר בנימין נתניהו נפגש עם ניצולי שואה של עמותת "יד עזר לחבר" לרגל "יום השואה הבינלאומי"

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 each day, for the benefit and wellbeing of the Holocaust survivors in general in Israel.” Prime Minister Netanyahu was happy to hear that the Holocaust survivors are contented and blessed the fact that there is such a foundation as ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ that helps so many people.

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Thousands of food parcels for Rosh Hashanah were distributed to the needy in an enormous operation by the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ Foundation

. Leading up to Rosh Hashanah 2015 the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ Foundation launched and worked on an enormous, extensive and unprecedented operation
September 11, 2015
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The Foundation works day and night, and even a long time before Rosh Hashanah they began organizing logistically, comprehensively and extensively the packing of food parcels for families in need, Holocaust survivors, single mothers, homeless street dwellers, the elderly and others who are not able to afford to lay out the Rosh Hashanah table with food. The food parcels with an estimated value of as much as hundreds of shekels, were assembled and packaged by the foundation’s staff and by the great support of dozens of volunteers, among them soldiers, those doing their national service, residents of the foundation’s ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’, and many more.

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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.
July 17, 2015
DSC_3524 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 for Holocaust Survivors' and from all over Israel who came especially for the event at the plaza of the Western Wall, the remnant of our temple. Already at the entrance to Jerusalem two cars from the Jerusalem police force were awaiting the arrival of the delegation of two full buses of those celebrating to lead them in ceremony to the site of the Kotel.

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Delegations from Germany and Russia arrived for a visit at the ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’

November 1, 2014
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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’.

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Haifa Home For Holocaust Survivors

ICEJ meets some of the first tenants
February 22, 2014
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On a recent visit to the new Home for Holocaust Survivors which the Christian Embassy is helping to establish in Haifa, an ICEJ AID team found workers busy putting in a new elevator and fitting rooms with a fire alarm system. Amid these important finishing touches, a handful of elderly survivors were starting to move their belongings into place, anxious to begin anew in this special assisted-living facility operated by the local Israeli charity Yad Ezer L'Haver ("Helping Hand to Friends").

On a recent visit to the new Home for Holocaust Survivors which the Christian Embassy is helping to establish in Haifa, an ICEJ AID team found workers busy putting in a new elevator and fitting rooms with a fire alarm system. Amid these important finishing touches, a handful of elderly survivors were starting to move their belongings into place, anxious to begin anew in this special assisted-living facility operated by the local Israeli charity Yad Ezer L'Haver ("Helping Hand to Friends").

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The director of “Helping Hands”, Shimon Sabag, is arranging a gala dedication ceremony for mid-September which will be attended by Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, several cabinet ministers and two dozen Members of Knesset, plus the two Chief Rabbis of Israel and many other guests. The ICEJ will be honoured at this event as the primary funding source for the home, which is being hailed as a model for assisting the thousands of destitute, ailing and lonely Holocaust survivors in Israel today.

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Holocaust Survivors Get a Home in Haifa

A new home will help elderly Holocaust survivors live out their lives in comfort and dignity, thanks to an Israeli charity and Christian donors.
October 18, 2010
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For a group of impoverished and aging Holocaust survivors, a new home dedicated in partnership between Israeli charitable organization Yad Ezer Le'Haver and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) will not only allow the elderly Israelis to live out their lives in comfort and dignity, but represents a forging of bonds of friendship between Israel and her Christian supporters. Over recent months, the ICEJ sponsored a project to acquire, renovate and expand an assisted-living facility in the coastal city of Haifa for indigent Holocaust survivors. The project was initiated by Shimon Sabag, the founder of the organization Yad Ezer Le'Haver. Yad Ezer Le'Haver operates a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, a shelter for troubled teenagers, a clothing and furniture distribution warehouse, a dental clinic providing free dental care to needy children and the elderly, and two children's houses in Haifa's poorest neighborhoods. In an interview with Israel National Radio's Walter Bingham, Sabag, whose mother was a Holocaust survivor, explained that he began to notice an increasing number of survivors showing up for free meals at his soup kitchen. He realized something needed to be done to care for those who had already undergone so much, and began researching facilities to house and attend to them.

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Dental Clinic
Yad Ezer Lechaver foundation established a dental clinic for those in need following request from schools and children’s homes where we were present to see children arriving with severe toothache. Likewise, elderly people who frequent soup kitchens belonging to us and suffer from the most severe toothache and are not capable of eating solid food.
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Children’s shelter
The delightful gem and crown on the foundation’s head is the children’s home where children from families in distress are brought after the school day. In the children’s home there are different activities, a computer room, petting zoo, tutoring, and a hot lunch and a light hot dinner. The children’s home operates all day from Sunday to Thursday.
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Delegations from Germany and Russia arrived for a visit at the ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’

Monday, October 18, 2010

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’.