Holocaust Survivors Moment of Pleasure
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A social event for Holocaust survivors was held last Tuesday. The event was organized by Congregation Agudath Israel of Caldwell, the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest of NJ and Oheb Shalom in South Orange. Holocaust survivors at Café Europa received a Jewish traditional meal made by students at the Golda Och Academy. Golda Och Academy is a private Jewish day school that offers secular and religious education for Jewish children from pre-Kindergarten through 12 grade in West Orange.
Although the event was well received, some West Orange residents are wondering why the school did not hold a similar event in support of Holocaust survivors in West Orange. “Our community has several Holocaust survivors,” says Michael Abraham of West Orange, “I think that we, as a community, should help these people who suffered so much during World War II”. Many Holocaust surivors, who are now 80 or 90 years old, are in bad health; some due to diseases and health conditions they had to live through in Nazi camps back in the 1940s. “Even the Torah instructs us to help those in need”, says Robin Bernstein of West Orange, “Deuteronomy 15 says that if anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the God is giving you, you shall not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them”.