"Thank you for these events. We need these kind of Shalom House events. These events, they touch our souls and they bring us life. Thank you so very much for these…” - shared by Rachel, a Holocaust survivor who made Aliyah (immigrated) from Ukraine many years ago.
Every Shalom House event hosted at Helping Hand Coalition’s centre in Caesarea is a unique occasion. Up to 50 survivors of the Holocaust arrive each time from different cities in Israel, usually for a concert, for sharing stories and for an incredible time of fellowship. From the moment the Survivors arrive, they are showered with love and lifted up from the daily struggles of life.
On one particular summer day, the international group, One Lev, performed for these dear elderly (LEV means heart in Hebrew). Filling the event with Middle Eastern, European, and American inspired music, the band took the survivors around the world with a message of Hope, Love, Peace and Joy. The excellent performance soon got everyone's hands clapping and feet tapping!
When asked how he felt about playing at the Shalom House, the music group leader, Mikhail explained, “My heart is full of gladness and happiness to play for the survivors.”
Before the performance, Helping Hand Coalition founders Andre and Bozena Gasiorowski, welcomed everyone and shared the vision of HHC. They introduced some of the special guests who shared stories and a beautiful atmosphere was created among the group with everyone really feeling like they had one heart. After the music, lunch was served and the Survivors were able to spend time sitting in the beautiful garden chatting and getting to know each other.
"It is imperative that these dear Holocaust survivors are reached out to, helped, supported and lifted up as quickly as possible as they will be with us but for moments longer." shared Luke and Sarah Gasiorowski who help to manage these events.
Your People My People have seen first hand, the wonderful effect these Shalom House events have on the Holocaust Survivors - lifting them up and showing them they are not forgotten. Each Survivor leaves the event with a spring in their step and a big smile on their face!
If you would like to support Holocaust survivors in Israel and the work of HHC's Shalom House Events - you can DONATE HERE