Jerusalem, April 14, 2013:
Last night hundreds of people, most of them bereaved family members, gathered outside the OneFamily building in Jerusalem for a unique and emotional Yom Hazikaron Ceremony.
The ceremony was initiated eight years ago by a group of children (and their families) who were regular participants in One Family events. The children did not feel comfortable attending their local community ceremonies. They asked One Family to create a ceremony for them here, where they know they are with family, and know they are safe. Each year the ceremony has grown, and it has now become an overflowing group of bereaved children and parents, OneFamily supporters, staff and volunteers, and caring members of the neighbourhood.
The ceremony included brief films about certain lost family members as well as heartfelt and emotional words from several bereaved siblings, children and parents. This year we welcomed a group of visitors from the Boston Jewish community, here on a CJP women’s mission.
It was a tremendous, albeit difficult, opportunity for people from abroad to see the real Israel. The women who came were so grateful to be included, to cry with us, to experience this moving piece of Israeli life.
This link is to a short video recap of the event (approximately 4 minutes). Permission is granted to republish.