“This project is more than just about their rights—it is a valuable lesson in friendship and life.”
"I grew up hearing about the fragile situation of Holocaust survivors in Israel. When I was 21, I decided that I wanted to do something for the generation that founded my country. I began to volunteer for the La’ad project, a joint effort of The Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Senior Citizens.
When I started volunteering with La’ad, I worked with only one survivor. But I felt that time was pressing and I wanted to help as many people as possible. In the three years since, I've volunteered with 50 Holocaust survivors. I feel that this project is about more than just realizing survivors’ rights. It is also a valuable lesson in friendship and in life.
I believe that my volunteering has improved many Holocaust survivors' lives—and my own life changed as well. La'ad enabled me to open up to people and to gain their trust. It has also inspired me to study social work, which I began this fall in Tel-Aviv."
Elad Avlagon, from Israel, La'ad: Volunteers Assisting Holocaust Survivors