Within the framework of public activity for Holocaust Survivors in Israel, Aviv for Holocaust Survivors organizes on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day every year ”The March for the Living” – An annual march to raise awareness of the situation and condition of Holocaust Survivors.
The March gathers at a rally at Habima Square Tel Aviv, and from there proceeds along the length of Rothschild Boulevard. Participants , including members of Knesset, public figures, spiritual leaders, Holocaust Survivors themselves and the general public unite together under the call to reach out and help the Holocaust Survivors .
Signature of a yellow hand
Aviv for Holocaust Survivors is leading a public campaign to invite the general public to imprint a signature of a yellow hand as a sign of identifying with Holocaust Survivors. You are also invited to make a virtual imprint through the application below on your computer or cellular phone.
Our aim is to collect 180,00 such imprints symbolizing the 180,000 Survivors living in Israel today.
A Monthly Pension of €239 and a retroactive amount of €51,000
Shlomo, a resident of Tel Aviv, called in to the organization’s advisory hotline, requesting assistance for his mother, Hana, a 95 year old Lithuanian born survivor. He said that his mother had been in the Vilna Ghetto but ever since she came to live in Israel, she has never received any financial assistance whatsoever as a survivor.
Recently, Shlomo found an old document in German confirming that she did indeed live in the Vilna Ghetto and asked for help in submitting a new application.
Shlomo was referred to the Tel Aviv Entitlement Centre which operates with the support of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation.
The consulting lawyer, Adv. Noa Shein, who met Shlomo, sent the document to be translated and recommended that an application be made to the German Government for a social pension because of his mother’s work in the ghetto. In addition, Adv. Shein recommended that a new application be made for an allowance given to Camps and Ghetto Survivors. Adv. Shein completed all the necessary application forms and sent them to the relevant authorities. Recently, the request for a social pension was granted and it was determined that Hana would receive a monthly pension of €239 - and in addition to which she received a retroactive payment of €51,000. Thus, thanks to the assistance of Aviv for Holocaust Survivors, Hana receives at the age of 95, for the first time in her life, a regular payment which helps her finance her medical expenses.
Aviv still accompanies Hana until the completion of the process and approval of her application for a Camps and Ghetto Survivor’s allowance.
Letters of Thanks
I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your incredible efforts and dedicated work on my father’s – Hanan Shmulevitz’s case. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, in face of all the hardships and mental scars, we were caught in a pointless, exhausting and tiring bureaucratic drag. That was until we met you – Hila. With kindness and personal attention you provided us with the fastest, most devoted and professional service.
We have recently learnt that my father’s degrees of disability were approved by the Ministry of finance.
We wish to thank you personally, as well as your organization and donors, for having enabled us, and particularly our parents, Holocaust survivors, to realize their rights and to age in dignity after all they have gone through.
Dear Mrs. Silberman,
You are the light that accompanies me in the dark cave of bureaucracy that overshadows the rights of elderly Holocaust survivors.
If it were not for your answers and guidance on treatment possibilities for my mother,a Holocaust survivor who is in need of constant treatment, I would have fallen apart.
My parents had to deal with an obscure form, while an attorney who could have helped in the matter would have charged 15% commission.
How crazy is that.
You are doing holy work! Blessed may you be, there are not enough words to express my admiration.
I have tried so hard to telephone you to thank you for your help.
I give up and therefore am faxing you.
I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your help with my sister.
You are great!
All the best to you in your difficult job.
Much Love and appreciation.
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