A little over a month ago I had the privilege of visiting a very unique facility in Haifa, Israel, Yad Ezer L’Haver. From the outside one would think that this non-profit was just a few buildings with programs for senior citizens along with living accommodations, but in reality it is much, much more.
This is a place for Holocaust survivors and the children of survivors, a sanctuary for those who suffered during World War II at the hands of the Nazi atrocities, where the globe had the unfortunate realization of man’s inhumanity to man. However, through the darkness of the holocaust Yad Ezer L’Haver is a shining example of what just a few could do to provide a warm home and happy environment for those that had experienced one of history’s greatest horrors.
On the day of my visit, Mitch Goldhar, owner of Maccabi Tel Aviv was present with an entourage of visitors from around Israel and North America. I joined the unique tour where we surveyed pictures from the Holocaust, viewed a museum and rededicated the facility in the name of Mr. Goldhar’s mother, she herself a survivor. It was indeed a moving moment when the head of the organization Shimon Sabag spoke about the importance of friends such as Mr. Goldhar and others who have dedicated much needed funds for such a project, the only one of its kind in Israel.
I was also able to speak with some of the wonderful volunteers who help the survivors on a day in and day out basis. Reuven Frizi and Philip Adams are just a couple of those unique individuals who do thankless work for the organization and keep the spirits of the people always on the up. We also heard from some of the resident survivors who told their stories and showed their wonderful appreciation to those that give them a well deserved opportunity to live with dignity.
Yad Ezer L’Haver is one of those special places in Israel and one that I can highly recommend a visit to in order to understand the importance and uniqueness of all those involved on a day to day basis.