We enjoyed a lovely evening with other women from around the USA learning about Lion of Judah israel and about each other.
The Partnership2Gether program of the Jewish Agency with the JFNA created the Women’s Empowerment program to harness the strength of women’s skills, backgrounds and interests to help them achieve their dreams. Over 200 women have been helped enter the world of business entrepreneurship. Today, it continues to strengthen Israel by empowering Israeli women. One of them is Osnat from Kurdistan. We had the pleasure of enjoying a Kurdish cooking lesson and a wonderful Kurdish lunch in her home. What a wonderful AND delicious couple of hours! Thanks Osnat. We all dream of a grandmother like you! She sings to her food to make them happy and improve their taste! Check out the video and sing next time you bake or cook!
We went to one of Amigour’s Assisted Living Centers today. Along with the million Russian immigrants over the last decade came many survivors of the Nazi perpetrated Holocaust. With funds from specific Federations, they can provide personal care for vulnerable survivors as well as smooth the inevitable bumps for elderly immigrants and organize social and cultural activities throughout the year.
A special project is remembrance and testimonials. Interviewers from Yad Vashem come in and interview this remaining group of survivors in their homes and are sure to collect remnants, in terms of memories and objects for future generations to see and learn from.
With this comes many more stories around righteous gentiles as well and Yad Vashem is working on incorporating their stories.
At one of these sessions, the granddaughter of a woman who perished in the holocaust brought the sweater that her grandmother had given to her mother when she said goodbye to her before getting on the train to Auschwitz. The sweater still bears the mark of the Yellow star, which survived over 65 years and is now placed at Yad Vashem.
Our group was fortunate to hear a chorus perform and a woman from Germany shared her story of survival with us. It was a poignant visit.