Life gives us many reasons to celebrate—but some who have suffered severe trauma can find it difficult to feel like they’re fully part of society, and choose to isolate themselves during holiday events and celebrations.
It’s not always easy to tell by looking at them. On the outside, they’re everyday people like you and me. Everything may seem fine to the untrained eye—but to those who really know them, it’s clear their candle went out long ago. Souls in anguish can find it impossible to relax, with hearts too deep in pain to find strength for rejoicing.
We met Ilana* at one of the Hanukkah events, which we held jointly with the Representative Organisation for Victims of Hostilities.
When she told us about the tragedy that befell her several years ago, our eyes were filled with tears. Ilana was walking in central Jerusalem during her lunch break when a suicide bomber detonated himself just meters away. In deep pain, Ilana says that since then she has found no cure for her wounded soul, and goes nowhere except for events intended for victims of hostilities.
That is why it is important for us to invest a great deal of thought—down to the smallest details—into this vital ministry so that survivors of hostilities can enjoy a positive experience and a memorable evening.
We held three such events across the country: in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. At each event, the participants enjoyed a festive dinner, songs, and dances, performances by famous singers, the lighting of the Hanukkah candles, drawings, and more.
Thank you our donors, and to all our staff and the Representative Organisation, for the collaborative work that led to successful events that brought joy, light, and warmth to the lives of the survivors, allowing them to feel more like themselves again.
*Name has been changed