Remember and Honor

Remember and Honor, Zachor v'Kabed, is a project which combines study sessions and volunteering with and for Holocaust survivors in Israel.    

We are rapidly approaching a critical turning point where the Holocaust will become more of a historical event in the public consciousness than the personal story of living people and our nation. Therefore it is important that we act now, and insure that today's young adults have the privilege to become familiar with the personal memories of the Holocaust and as a result, to work towards improving the present and affecting the future. In addition, it is a well-known fact that many Holocaust survivors in Israel today suffer from financial and social hardships. Many of them are extremely lonely; some are starving or can't afford to buy medicine. Through the Zachor v'Kabed project, university students volunteer on a regular weekly basis with Holocaust survivors. 
The students help the Holocaust survivor feel less disconnected and lonely and assist them in obtaining the financial aid that they deserve.

Our experiences to date and successes with this project prove our basic assumptions – that when we provide opportunities for students to meet survivors, experience, and discuss issues related to the Holocaust, these students adopt the subject as their own, develop a sensitivity to it, and initiate and act out of an internal commitment to the topic and to the well-being of the survivors. The National Zachor V'Kabed Project consists of the following interrelated modules:

  1.  Students participate in weekly meetings at Hillel center to delve into different aspects of the Holocaust through various educational methods, and initiate three public awareness raising campus events to increase public attention and knowledge of the issues.
  2.  Encounters with Holocaust survivors: Personal encounters with a Holocaust survivor. Student participants meet with the survivors on a weekly basis, for conversation or a joint activity.
  3.  Training for volunteer work – Local coordinators hold training sessions to prepare participants for their work with the survivors, in each track.
  4.  Ongoing supervision –Throughout the project, students meet with the local project coordinator to keep track of how the program is going. 
  5.  Joint activities – Twice a year each group of students initiates a group activity with survivors, in accordance with the volunteer work they are doing year round. 

This project is supported by the Claims Conference.

The program is conducted in Hebrew.
Fluency in Hebrew is mandatory for participating in the program.

Erez shachar
03-6407961
Zechor.tau@hillelisrael.org

סטודנטית מתכנית זכור וכבד וניצול שואה תודה לצלם: אליאור בן חיים - קבוצת הצלמים.

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Hillel at Tel Aviv University
Diaspora Museum - Tel Aviv University
Post Office Box 39838
Tel Aviv 61397 Israel

hilleltlv@hillelisrael.org
972-3-640-7961

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