I was in Paris last week, at the annual fundraising campaign of WIZO Paris. I was there together with the WIZO Song and Dance Troupe from WIZO Nachlat Yehuda, which was specially invited to appear before the Jewish community at the main event.
I want to share with you my feelings during this difficult time in which anti Semitism in France is rampant.
On Wednsday we lit the second Chanukah light, together with residents, and their families, at the Rothschild Parent's Home, in Paris. We were joined by Joelle Lezmi, President of WIZO France. The Rabbi of the Parent's Home lit the candles together with the members of the Dance Troupe. They appeared before the residents and there was huge excitement. It was wonderful to hear their enthusiastic response. One resident said, 'This is one of the most moving moments in my life, to see young, beautiful Israeli children symbolizes hope for the future of the Jewish people'.
On Thursday morning we visited the Jewish school in Toulouse, which is part of the Otzar Hatorah network. The school suffered a terror attack in 2012. Three children, and a teacher were murdered. Our youth spoke to the schoolchildren and shared their thoughts. The meeting strengthened their identification, and love, for the State of Israel, and they spoke about the importance of communications between the State of Israel and world Jewry. I am happy that WIZO could give youth, who learn in our schools and youth villages, such a significant experience, which will have an influence on their lives, and happy to be representing the State of Israel.
חג חנוכה שמח
With warm regards,
Professor Rivka Lazovsky,
World WIZO Executive