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Visits and Events 2012

No Child’s Play Traveling Exhibition Opens in Finland

Violinist Päivyt Meller playing Schindler's List at opening of the No Child's Play exhibition in Helsinki, Finland

Yad Vashem's No Child's Play travelling exhibition was brought to Finland with the support of several pro-Israel Christian groups under a common umbrella of the Israel Ystävyystoimikunta Board. The exhibition was opened in Helsinki on 8 November 2012 in remembrance of Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, in the presence of the Ambassador of Israel to Finland H.E. Mr. Dan Ashbel. Many other activities such as a seminar and church events followed the opening.

Amish Leadership Delegation Visits Yad Vashem

Members of the Amish leadership delegation following their tour of the Holocaust History Museum

In November 2012 a historic Amish leadership delegation from Ohion, Pennsylvania and Switzerland visited Yad Vashem to express an apology for the Holocaust issued by leaders Bishop Ben Girod and Pastor Micah Smith. The group was received by Yad Vashem Senior Historian David Silverklang and Shaya Ben-Yehuda, Managing Director, International Relations Division, Yad Vashem.

Feast of Tabernacles Celebrations at Yad Vashem

National directors of the ICEJ branches worldwide with their wreaths

From left to right: Shaya Ben-Yehuda, Managing Director, International Relations Division; Dr. Juergen Buehler, Executive Director, ICEJ; Rev. Juha Ketola, International Director, ICEJ; Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, Director, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem; and Sara Granitza, Deputy Managing Director, International Relations Division

In October 2012, during the annual International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Feast of Tabernacles celebration, the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem hosted guests from abroad and various leaders of various international Christian ministries in Israel. Almost all of the ICEJ national directors participated in a unique wreath laying ceremony, including presentation of a donation for the work of Yad Vashem. The wreath laying ceremony was led by the International Relations Division at Yad Vashem and attended by the leadership of the ICEJ.

Other guests included groups from Bolivia and Costa Rica, which came to Yad Vashem for special tree guardianship ceremonies. The tree adoption donations go to maintain these very special trees, which represent the connection between our past and present.

ICEJ Bolivia group led by Rev. Alberto Magno de Sales following the tree adoption ceremony

ICEJ Costa Rica group led by Teresita Torres Picado following the tree adoption ceremony

Eagles Wings tour group on the Avenue of the Righteous where they adopted a tree

A tour group from Eagles Wings, a pro-Israel Evangelical organization founded by Rev. Robert Stearns, participated in the Feast of Tabernacles celebrations as well, and visited the Avenue of the Righteous at Yad Vashem where they sponsor a tree.

From left to right: Unveiling the Israel Ystävyystoimikunta donation plaque, Shaya Ben-Yehuda, Managing Director, International Relations Division; Pastor John Remes, Chairman Israel Ystävyystoimikunta; Yehudit Shendar, Museum Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator and Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, Director, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem

Also during the Feast of Tabernacles a special ceremony was held dedicating a plaque for a donation received from Finland enabling, for the first time, the Yad Vashem No Child's Play travelling exhibition to be exhibited in Finland. The donation was received from Israel Ystävyystoimikunta, the coalition of pro-Israel organizations in Finland.


Prayer Journey Tour Group Visits Yad Vashem

Prayer Journey group pictured at the Korzack Memorial at Yad Vashem

In September 2012 the Prayer Journey Tour group led by Melva Lea Beacham included former Yad Vashem Christian Leadership Seminar graduates Karen Berner and Darla Kruse. The group had a half-day of activities in the Museum and the Archives. The visit concluded with a prayer session with Yad Vashem staff and volunteers.






Interfaith Conference in Czech Republic

Prayer Journey group pictured at the Korzack Memorial at Yad Vashem

Several Holocaust education and Yad Vashem related events were hosted by ICEJ in the Czech Republic during 2012. In September 2012 a special conference was held to recall Holocaust related events in the local history.







Grafted Youth Program Visits Yad Vashem

Prayer Journey group pictured at the Korzack Memorial at Yad Vashem

In July 2012 the Grafted Youth Program of ICEJ brought an international youth group with its new director Jani Salokangas to Yad Vashem for a day of activity. In addition to a visit at the Holocaust History Museum, the group visited the Yad Vashem Archives, the Holocaust Art Museum and the special Eichmann exhibition. 

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