Beginning on March 15th, 2019, we celebrated the first inaugural “Heroes of Faith and Resilience” weekend to support the Museum of Eternal Faith and Resilience. The events were attended by over 200 people, from around the globe, at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.
The “Heroes of Faith and Resilience” weekend was designed to honor the bravery of those that survived as well as the memories of those that, unfortunately, did not.
It was also to launch of the North American effort for the Museum of Eternal Faith and Resilience, set to open in Tel Aviv in 2023.
The future Museum of Eternal Faith and Resilience will be the permanent home for the Ginzach Kiddush Hashem Holocaust Archives (founded 1965). This is a vast collection of testimonies of the bravery of Jews before, during and after the Holocaust, curated with a special lens focused on the miracle of the rising of the Jewish nation from the ashes and the resilience of its people.
The event was hosted by an internationally recognized group of Co-Chairs, including Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Professor Alan Dershowitz, Scott Shay and Sol Werdiger.
“Everyone who will share in this event will be able to proudly say they were part of history. We are at the forefront of making this sacred dream a reality.”
Rabbi Avraham Kaminer, Event Visionary
Throughout the weekend information was presented on the latest developments in the establishment of the new and unique Holocaust museum, along with a celebration and symposium, including one-on-one “interviews” between world renowned Jewish philanthropists, educators, clergy and historians. The weekend ended with the Heroes of Faith and Resilience inaugural Gala, which began at 8PM on Saturday evening, with entertainment by International Comedian, MODI, soulful musical performances and an exquisite menu of the finest kosher cuisine.
This gathering followed a special ceremony held at (Israel) President Rivlin’s residence in Jerusalem to announce that the cornerstone for the new museum had been laid, in December 2018. Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Avner Shalev, CEO of Yad Vashem, MK Rabbi Yaakov Litzman and many other dignitaries attended as witnesses to the historic announcement.
“This important institution operates side by side with Yad Vashem to promote Holocaust remembrance and the continued perpetuation of the eternal values of the Jewish People that have lasted throughout the generations.”
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, December 2018
Photography by Peter Halmagyi