|Rachel Mandula: Remember
|Over twenty years ago in Petach Tikva
on the morning of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Rachel Mandula had the spark
of an idea that would eventually lead to the creation of an organization that
uses Jewish history as a source of strength for families trying to cope with
On that day, a single word from a passerby spoken after the national
moment of silence in memory of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust
caused Mandula to begin reading small, lesser known journals and memoirs of
and celebrate survival despite the threat of extinction. Remember-Together seeks to build Jewish
traditions using games and building on symbolism that can be carried forth
from generation to generation. The ceremony takes place within the
family to provide a source of power and security and mitigate any sense of
trauma to the children. It helps to give families the strength
to cope with difficult situations by finding strength in Jewish history.
The program which can
be found at the website is
also distributed through schools, synagogues and community centers in Israel,
Korea, Columbia and Brazil.
Text by Michele Kaplan-Green.