• Thankful days: Why I made aliyah by Joseph Bendah

    Five years have passed since I immigrated to Israel from the United States, and an additional two years have passed since I was released from the Israel Defense Forces. Each year since I arrived in Israel, I have flown overseas to visit my family and friends. On each of my

  • From Auschwitz to the Western Wall

    More than 6,000 students arrived in Israel this week following their participation in the 30th March of the Living in Poland last Thursday, April 12, an international procession from Auschwitz to Birkenau led by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and the top echelon of Israel’s security forces to mark Holocaust Memorial


    “The establishment of the State of Israel is a miracle, though it is not self-evident, and it is something that must be experienced to be believed and understood.” President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday warmly welcomed some 6,000 young students from 40 countries across the world who took part in 30th

  • My first time in Poland; the gentle chaos of defiance

    This week I visited Poland for the very first time. I’ve probably avoided this journey because I grew up in a Holocaust-drenched-home and then lived in Holocaust-steeped-Israel. A few years ago, I visited Lithuania where our family comes from and where, in the village which my great-grandfather left, 2,000 Jews


    The purpose of the trip is to give the ambassadors, who are often called upon to vote on Israel-related issues a first-hand look at the challenges the country faces. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon is acting as a guide for some 20% of his fellow ambassadors to the

  • March of the Living diary: ‘The more we learn – the more questions we have’

    Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational trust, was part of the 275-strong UK’s delegation to Poland for March of the Living, as more than 11,000 came together at Auschwitz to remember six million Jews. Following an emotional week of learning about Jewish history and Polish-Jewish life, she reflects


    One of the hundreds of survivors who participated in this year’s march: “The most wonderful miracle of all is the State of Israel.” AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU – Walking behind the Israeli and Polish presidents, together with the heads of Israel’s security branches, hundreds of Holocaust survivors and thousands of young people from

  • UN ambassadors visit Auschwitz on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Thirteen ambassadors to the United Nations from Africa, Europe and Latin America visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camps in Poland today on Yom Hashoah (Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day), as part of the 30th annual “March of the Living.” The delegation organized by the American Zionist Movement, in conjunction with Ambassador

  • Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin: “It is Impossible to Deny Polish Involvement in the Holocaust”

    On Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah), Thursday, April 12, under the theme “From Holocaust to Redemption,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin led an international procession of more than 12,000 students and adults from around the world on the International March of the Living, which this year marks 30 years of the

  • Led by Israel’s President Rivlin, thousands attend March of Living in Poland

    More than 12,000 people from 40 countries make two-mile march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, accompanied by heads of IDF, Mossad, Shin Bet and police Some 12,000 marchers from 40 countries — from Holocaust survivors to teenagers to senior Israeli officials — were participating in the March of the Living on