Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, is a very powerful and emotional day in Israel. Throughout the country, a siren rings for two minutes during which the citizens of Israel stop what they are doing, stand in silence and remember the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. This is followed by ceremonies in schools and other institutions which give honor to the day. Meir Panim’s branches took part in commemorating the somber day with special programs held around Israel.
The Dimona branch, which in addition to feeding hundreds of needy Israelis a day is host to Meir Panim’s Holocaust Survivor Day Center, was recognized for its critical work with survivors during a city-wide ceremony. Karol Grepp, the unofficial “mayor” of the center, and a true leader in the community was honored with lighting the memorial candle.
Sderot Teens Deliver Sweets to Survivors
At Meir Panim’s Neighborhood Youth Centers in Sderot, teens participated in special Yom Hashoah programming by delivering sweet treats and hearing first-hand stories from local survivors. These experiences are particularly meaningful and important for the next generation to experience. Thanks to Meir Panim’s dedicated team in Sderot, local teens were able to take part in this incredible opportunity.
Or Akiva Give Thanks
In Or Akiva, the branch had the special privilege of arranging take-out meals for a local Holocaust survivor in a wheelchair. While it’s disheartening to know that survivors need this help after all they have been through already, Meir Panim is honored to be able to serve as a resource to them in whatever way they may need.
Meir Panim is proud to serve Israel’s remaining Holocaust survivors year-round, and especially on this important day. We remain committed to serving this vulnerable population in whatever ways they need.