Posted by Marjie Sokoll
This year I was invited to teach about the holiday of Purim and sing holiday songs together with participants of Café Hakalah, a monthly gathering for Holocaust survivors sponsored by JF&CS Schechter Holocaust Services. Twenty elder Holocaust survivors braved the cold winter chill to gather with others who intuitively understand their experience in our Brookline VNA office. Even though the survivors come from different countries and speak many different languages including Hebrew, Russian, Yiddish, and Polish, in the room there seemed to be no language barriers as everyone effortlessly translated for one another.
When I spoke about the Purim story and the struggles of the Jewish people living in Persia facing annihilation by the wicked Haman more than 2,000 years ago, the survivors nodded their heads in understanding; they know that feeling of vulnerability.
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