My time in Eternal Flame has greatly impacted me as well as shed some light into subjects that I thought I knew. Each week, as our whole group sat down at different meetings, I was impacted in all sorts of ways. The readings that we would read out loud to each other, made me come up with new perspectives about Judaism. One major part of this group that impacted me the most was the holocaust speakers that would share their stories with us. Listening to the gruesome stories made me visualize what actually happened during the Holocaust and how grateful I am to be living the life I am right now. These meetings, as well as the away weekend, really impacted my view on the Holocaust and gave me a better understanding that I will never forget.
– Casey Steiner, 17, Montvale
The Eternal Flame impacted me because I was given the chance to deeply understand what it means to be Jewish. I saw this through the holocaust museum, the several speakers we were lucky enough to listen to, and simply spending time with each other. I am pleased to have participated in the eternal flame because I honestly do feel that I learned more and it definitely benefitted me!
– Ally Rosen, 15, Woodcliff Lake
The eternal flame program was great! I have a deeper understanding of Judaism and I feel closer to god. Previously, I had read about the holocaust but actually being at the museum and seeing the past and items from out ancestors made a much bigger impact on me. I was blown away. Thank you so much for this opportunity.
– Arianna Price, 18, Hillsdale
My name is Rachel Samitt and I feel very privileged to have been a part of Valley Chabad’s first Eternal Flame Teen Fellowship program. Thank you to the Goerge and Martha Rich Foundation and to Valley Chabad!
As a Jewish teen, I always had strong feelings about the Holocaust. But I knew little about the details of the horrific events and I lacked a real connection to the Holocaust. I have never really had the opportunity to hear firsthand what the Jews in Europe experienced. I’ve read about it and spoke about it in school but Eternal Flame made it personal and changed my perspective in a way I never thought it would.
With the teen fellowship, we were 20 teens, from across the Pascack Valley. We all came from different schools, backgrounds and towns, and a lot of us didn’t know each other previously. Eternal Flame united us as a group and ignited the flame of Judaism within us.
Hearing first hand from survivors was a highlight. Listening to the stories, I saw immense strength and spirit. It taught me to appreciate life to its fullest and that every day is a gift. I also recognized the importance of being educated in the Holocaust as the last generation to live amongst survivors. It is our generation’s job to retell these stories and horrifying realities to the generations to come so that it is never forgotten.
Walking through the Holocaust museum in Washington I saw that despite pain and torture, our people remained connected to their people and to their faith. Many walked to the gas chambers singing the Shema and prayed to G-d as they were on the fence of death. Nothing created such a passion inside of me like that did. I had never felt more proud of my Jewish Heritage.
I think the most important thing I learned on this trip was that we are here, we are the next generation, and we need to say never again. We need to fight for Jews rights every day and we need to support Israel. Without this trip, this flame wouldn’t have been lit inside of me, and I wouldn’t have such a passion to live tall and proud. I now passionately feel the importance of us, the next generation, to live a life as a committed people.
– Rachel Samitt, 17, Woodcliff Lake
On Monday’s International Holocaust Memorial Day, Jordanian news site Almamlakah News posted an article declaring the Holocaust as “the most heinous crime in human history” and describing it as a lesson for all people to learn from, according to a translation by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, on Wednesday.
Full Story: Algemeiner
The Hungarian ambassador to the UN said in New York on Thursday his nation took responsibility for its role in the Holocaust, days after the country’s Jewish community accused the government of engaging in Holocaust revisionism.
Full Story: JPost
JERUSALEM — There is no plot to speak of, and the characters are woefully undeveloped. On the upside, it can be a quick read — especially considering its 1,250 pages.
The book, more art than literature, consists of the single word “Jew,” in tiny type, printed six million times to signify the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust. It is meant as a kind of coffee-table monument of memory, a conversation starter and thought provoker.
Full Story: NYTimes
Anna Blech won first prize at the New York City History Day competition for her research paper, “Downplaying the Holocaust: Arthur Hays Sulzberger and The New York Times.” For this paper, she also was awarded The Eleanor Light Prize from the Hunter College High School Social Studies Department and membership in the Society of Student Historians. Anna’s paper on anti-slavery sentiment in pre-Civil War children’s literature was published in The Concord Review. Anna was a finalist at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where she won third place in microbiology for her project, “Reinventing Antibiotics.” She has received national and regional Scholastic Writing awards, mostly for her one-act musical comedies, and she is an active member of the Hunter theater community.
The story of Felix Zandman is an incredible tale of how a small Jewish boy who survived the Holocaust in a grave-like shelter pulled himself together and achieved a life of fame and success in business and scientific achievements.
Welcome to our Blog, a place for teens to post their thoughts, compositions and feelings with regards to the Holocaust.