Being a part of the Eternal Flame fellowship has truly impacted me and has brightened the flame of Judaism eternally inside of me. I have always been aware of the events of the Holocaust and have heard and read about the impact it had on all people who survived it. Learning and reading about the lives of these innocent people who’s lives were changed forever is impactful, however, hearing the stories first hand is eye opening. I valued every moment of listening to the survivors stories, or the stories of survivors told by their family members.
Being told the story in detail, and seeing the emotion on the survivors faces as they explained the trouble and hardships endured, is not something that can be conveyed in a book. The stories remind me how lucky I am to be living the life I live today and that in the end, all my worries are really very small.
The experiences I took away from the Eternal Flame fellowship really are priceless and I am forever grateful that I was able to be a part of this amazing program.
– Zoe Pillar, 16, Woodcliff Lake