Worldwide Friends of Yad Vashem
Christian Friends of Yad Vashem
Visits and Events
Previous Visits and Events 2013
New York Times best-selling author Joel Rosenberg, an Evangelical Christian and –among other positions- a former advisor to PM Netanyahu visited with his son Caleb. They had a special program of meetings and touring various exhibitions. Here pictured at the Archives looking at the Auschwitz Album with Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, Director, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem.
ICEJ Director for the Arise Youth program Mr. Jani Salokangas visited with a group of Arise leaders from all over the world. Here pictured by the model of Yad Vashem with Ms. Sari Granitza, Deputy Director, International Relations Division at Yad Vashem.
Simon Tu, a leader of Chinese business delegations to Israel visited Yad Vashem with Mrs. Tu including a meeting with Mr. Shaya Ben-Yehuda, Managing Director of the International Relations Division at Yad Vashem.
Pastors and Christian leaders from the UK visited Yad Vashem for a guided tour followed by a special meeting with Mr. Shaya Ben-Yehuda, Managing Director of the International Relations Division at Yad Vashem .
No Child's Play travelling exhibition attracts huge audiences in Finland
Yad Vashem travelling exhibition "No Child's Play" touring in Finland was recently exhibited at a Christian summer conference of 30 000 participants . The exhibition was a major draw, as witnessed by Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, Director, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem. The conference included a special Israel event with strong Holocaust related themes. Here Dr. Kokkonen is pictured with Ms. Mari Palomäki and Mr. Aki Turunen from FIDA, the Pentecostal Aid Agency that brought the exhibition to this particular event.
ICEJ Canada is a long-term supporter of Yad Vashem. In May a tour group came to Yad Vashem to renew their support to the up-keep of the tree of the Righteous Among the Nations Viktor Kugler. Here pictured in front of Kugler's tree the tour group led by ICEJ Canada Regional Director Bonnie Trasvesty (holding a Yad Vashem certificate) as well as Pastor Giulio Gabeli (right of Mrs. Trasvesty).
USA Women's Tour
ICEJ USA Women's Tour April 2013 led by Dr. Carrie Burns and Rebeccah Saxe, both former Yad Vashem seminar graduates, toured the Museum as well as adopting a tree planted in honor of the Righteous Among the Nations Irena Sendler. Here the group is pictured nearby the tree studying Sendler's story.
Christian guests at Yom HaShoah Ceremonies
ICEJ International Director Rev. Juha Ketola and Mrs. Kati Ketola participated in the Erev Yom HaShoah ceremonies. Here pictured with Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, Director, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem.
During the Erev Yom HaShoah several guests participated as guests of the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem:
ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Juergen Buehler as well as the International Director Rev. Juha Ketola participated in the Yom HaShoah wreath-laying ceremony here pictured with Mr. Shaya Ben-Yehuda, Managing Director of the International Relations Division at Yad Vashem and Dr. Susanna Kokkonen
Jean and Raymond MaClean, former Christian seminar graduates brought a delegation of First Nations of Canada including laying a wreath on behalf of the First Nations
Pastor Mark Jenkins from the NRB network (National Religious Broadcasters) accompanied by Mrs. Teresa Jenkins and a tour group all attended the ceremony. Here pictured with Dr. Susanna Kokkonen
CBN Middle East Bureau Chief and a long-term friend of Yad Vashem Mr. Chris Mitchell and Mrs. Mitchell attended the evening ceremony. Here pictured with Dr. Susanna Kokkonen
Rosy and Colin Ross based in Jerusalem brought several UK based Friend of Israel to the ceremonies including laying a wreath on behalf of Love Never Fails, a UK based umbrella group of Christian supporters of Israel
Bågman family, long-term supporters and volunteers for the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem from Finland came to Erev Yom HaShoah. Here pictured with Dr. Susanna Kokkonen
Elisa Moed, owner of web based travel agency and forum Travelujah came with her family for the evening ceremony
No Child's Play travelling exhibition opens in Latvia
ICEJ Latvia directed by Ms. Ilze Saulite and the Israeli Embassy to Latvia under the Ambassador Hagit Ben-Yaakov and in cooperation with various donors and the Latvian Ministry of Education brought the Yad Vashem travelling exhibition "No Child's Play" to Latvia. The grand opening at the War Museum of Riga took place in April 2013 in the presence of government officials, dignitaries and the press. Here Ambassador Hagit Ben-Yaakov opening the exhibition
Christian Friends of Yad Vashem in the USA
Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, Director, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem toured the United States in February-March 2013. In addition to speaking at churches she had visits at other places. Here pictured at the South Carolina Statehouse with Rep. Alan Clemmons, a long-term true Christian Friend of Yad Vashem
Portuguese Women's Tour
In February 2013 Carla Melo, the National Director of ICEJ Portugal toured Israel with a women's group. The women took time to see Yad Vashem including trees planted in honor of the Righteous Among the Nations. Here the group is pictured by the tree of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese diplomat in France at the time of WWII
Oliver North Tour
Oliver North visited in January 2013 with a group of influential Christians on a tour that had Yad Vashem as one of its main sites. In addition to touring the Historic Museum (pictured) the group had a special wreath-laying ceremony at the hall of Remembrance. Following the ceremony they heard a Holocaust survivor testimony that moved the visitors to tears
Angelica Berrie Fellows
Angelica Berrie fellows from the Russell Berrie theological program in Rome visited in January 2013. They toured the museum for a guided tour (pictured) including a special lecture by Dr. Iael Nidam-Orvieto
Watchwomen and Watchmen on the Walls of Jerusalem
Rev. Christine Darg from the UK with her leadership team brought a group to Yad Vashem, as part of her annual Watchwomen and Watchmen on the Walls of Jerusalem conference. The group had a special program including learning the story of the tree of Princess Alice, a Righteous Among the Nations. Here the group pictured near Princess Alice's tree.