Achim L’chaim – Brothers for Life is an Israeli program meant for wounded soldiers as they process their time in the IDF and beyond. Students at The Rashi School had the honor of meeting with representatives from this group as they traveled to Boston. On the afternoon of June 6, a handful of leaders from Rashi’s middle school attended a luncheon at neighboring NewBridge on the Charles along with members of Achim L’chaim and a dwindling number of Holocaust survivors who live in the Hebrew SeniorLife communities. The soldiers also visited Rashi on June 8 to speak with the entire middle school about their experiences.

Rashi students at the Brothers for Life program
Rashi students at the Brothers for Life program, from left: Rachel Amster, Sarah Loren, Danielle Frankel and Maris Brail (Courtesy The Rashi School)

Student Danielle Frankel (Rashi ’18) reflected on this unique event:

“The lunch with the Achim L’chaim soldiers and the Holocaust soldiers was extremely meaningful to me. I sat down and the woman sitting  next to me said, ‘I’m a Holocaust survivor.’ Then she showed me the numbers on her forearm. And that’s when it hit me. I knew at that moment that I was sitting amongst the bravest and most special people in the world. I could feel the strong connection between the wounded soldiers and the Holocaust survivors when I saw a brother at my table embracing a survivor. I also overheard a survivor’s daughter reminding her to get in touch with one of the soldiers who might be able to help find her relatives. It made me realize that many survivors still don’t know if they have any living relatives. I am so grateful that I was able to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. I wish that I could have spent even longer with them.”

Danielle Frankel at the luncheon
Danielle Frankel at the luncheon (Courtesy The Rashi School)

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