Am Yisroel Chai – remembering those who died in the Jerusalem Shul Massacre
In light of the recent violence in Israel, I realized I hadn’t blogged in a long time. A lot has happened over the last few months. I haven’t blogged a lot of personal things in a while because I haven’t had much to say these past few months. I have realized, more than ever, that it is so important continue my Jewish identity and keep the stories of the Holocaust alive especially after what I have witnessed.
After six months, I am finally starting to open up about my experience on the March of the Living, a two-week program through BBYO where I went to Poland and Israel. I witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust by going through concentration camps, and then celebrated Israeli independence and my Jewish identity in Israel. What I saw in Poland I can’t “un-see”. It was so horrific and so depressing that I have found it hard to talk about it since not many people understand. It isn’t until you personally go through the concentration camps do you understand. When I feel ready, I will post my journal that I kept on my website. Until then, all I can say is that it is crucial for us to keep the memories alive and NEVER forget. This trip was the most life changing experience of my life and I thank my parents for sending me on such an inspirational trip.
Since June, a lot has happened. My grandmother, Benay, passed away in July and it was extremely hard on me. I was very close to my Nana and miss her everyday. I wish more than anything that I could tell her all of the great things that are happening in my life. Just like my grandfather Bert (whom this website is dedicated to), I miss her everyday and know that she is with me always.
I am now a student at the University of South Carolina-Columbia and am loving every minute of it! I have joined Delta Zeta Sorority and have become Alumnae Relations Chair of Delta Zeta. I am also in the Capstone scholars program and am becoming very active with Hillel. I am currently Secretary and am running for another executive board position.
With the recent violence in Israel, I find it absolutely horrific what is happening to our Jewish people. It disgusts me that anti-Semites still exists in the world. What has been amazing to me has been the outpouring support by Jewish communities all over the world in support of Israel. After visiting Israel myself, I see how special and amazing of a country it is and it is so important for us as Jews to defend our homeland. I stood with Israel then, I stand for it now, and will stand for Israel always.
Please continue your thoughts and prayers for Israel and stand up for what is right. Holocaust education is as necessary as anything because if we aren’t careful, it could all happen again.
Am Yisrael Chai.
Peace. Love. Israel.