Hundreds of kids took part in the largest project of its type in the world in a poignant event that took place last week in Jerusalem.
The Lomdim-Zochrim Yizkor organization, overseen by Anachnu V’Ze’ezaenu, runs a program called Learning to Remember with the goal of studying 6.25 million Mishna verses.
The Naase Ve’Nishma ceremony was held at Yad Vashem’s Safra Hall in cooperation with the haredi wing.
Along with his assistants, a Chatan Mishna was selected. The study honored the memory of the quarter million holy people from the allied nations and underground armies who gave their lives in the fight against the Nazis and the six million Holocaust victims, most of whom were great giants of Torah who murdered Al Kiddush Hashem.
The closing ceremony was held on 26 Iyar, which was the 78th anniversary of the Day of Liberation and Rescue of the Surviving Refugees in Europe.
Former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, Minister of Labor Rabbi Yoav Ben-Tzur, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Dani Dayan, and Project Founder Dr. Gabriel German presided over the magnificent ceremony.
The recitation of special Psalms for the 78th anniversary of the Day of Liberation and Rescue and the Mincha prayer opened the service.
Dr. Gabriel German Zakharyayev, an Azerbaijani-born businessman and philanthropist, was the driving force behind the establishment of the Day of Liberation and Rescue of the Jews of Europe from the clutches of the Nazis on 26 Iyar, with the support of the chief rabbis of Israel and Europe. Dr. Zakharyayev is also the president of the International Charity Foundation of Mountain Jews, STMEGI.
The ceremony ended with Dr. Zakharyayev, his colleagues Mr. Yisrael Dubrosky and Mr. David Mordechaiyev, and the rabbis giving sets of Mishnas to each pupil.
This was followed by the kids, rabbis, instructors, and Russian guests dancing vivaciously across the floor.