The Chairman of the Jewish Congress donated 100 thousand dollars, and the students from needy families will join the 1,000 youth who traveled.
500 students from needy families throughout the country whose families are not able to finance the expenses of the trip to Poland will be able to travel this year, as a result of a donation of 100 thousand dollars.
The Donation of the Chairman of the Jewish Congress, Dr. Moshe Kantor and his mother Polina Kantor will make it possible, in the words of the Minister of Education, for 500 students to join the other 1,000 who have traveled to Poland.
Kantor explained yesterday that he and his mother decided to donate the money because they believe hat “it is incumbent on each one of us to what we can to ensure that the story of the Holocaust remains alive in the hearts of all”. He added: “the program of the Ministry of Education enable the younger generation to visit the sites where the Holocaust took place and to feel on the spot the tragedy of the Jewish People”.
Also in Beit-Shan they are being helped by contributions in order for students to fly to Poland. Every student in grade 11 in Beit-Shan will fly in the coming days for a one day trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in the framework of a program designed to enable students who cannot afford to bear the expensive costs of the trip to take part in it. The initiative is joint between “ISTA” and “El-Al” (that will fly the students without charge) and the city of Beit-Shan. The students will participate with the minor sum of 100 dollars per student.
“The social-economic situation of the youth in the periphery does not permit them to connect with the subject of the Holocaust as their friends in the center of the country”, stated the chairman of “ISTA”, Shimon Sivoni, Adv. The mayor of Beit-Shan added that: “This is a cultural-educational project whose central message is that students who lack of significant economic means can also learn about the history of the Jewish people”.
Yafit Hadad, a student in grade 11 in “General ORT” in Beit-Shan, was very moved as the trip approached. “Until now, as with other of my friends, I could not join the delegation because of the high cost. We heard and read of the terrible things, but now we can see them from close on and perhaps understand more”, she said.