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CAEF Host Chanukah online celebration; NLI debuts new Hannah Senesh Archive

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Roses4Rescuers seeking donations large and small, to provide gifts to emergency workers for their COVID-19 service (Photo: R4R)

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Toronto Life Magazine, Atlantic Packaging, Phantom Hosiery, Darren Slavens Real Estate Among Corporate Sponsors of Roses4Rescuers 

Vivienne Grace Ziner has put out a call in an open letter for the Toronto community to express their gratitude.

“Collectively no one has had a more anxious, frightening and demanding time than the brave and committed Emergency Front Line workers who have kept us safe throughout this horrendous plague. They deserve our respect, admiration and thanks.”

She explains that “Roses4rescuers is neither a charity nor an organization; its sole purpose is to thank 1000 Emergency Front Line workers at Sunnybrook Hospital for their bravery, dedication and commitment to our welfare and wellbeing. Please help me say ‘thank you’ to these deserving every day Heroes to whom we owe so much.” 

Any amount can be donated at Roses4rescuers.com and will be appreciated as even a token $10 gift bag for 1000 workers would cost $10,000.

“We are so lucky and blessed that we already have great items donated (thank you, Phantom Hosiery and Angela Currie for your incredible donation of scarves, stockings, socks- ❤).” Ziner Cohen asks that “If you have access to items like chocolate, candies, cookies, treats, scarves, hats, gloves, mitts, perfume and makeup samples etc. for the Gift Bags- please let me know!”

For larger donors, a Corporate Sponsor is $360 with your logo – or name – featured on R4R marketing material and also on an item in the Gift Bag. “Thank you in advance for your much appreciated assistance to this very worthwhile endeavour. Stay safe! Stay positive! Test negative! Best of the season to you all!”

CAEF Chanukah Zoom event brings music, comedy, art and more

The Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation is hosting a Chanukah Zoomathon and Art Sale on Tuesday, December 8 at 8 PM EST. Fun, music, comedy and art are all on the bill, as is the opportunity to “light a candle with Rabbi Moshe Meirovich.” 

Among the performers are Juno nominee Ron Davis and his Jazz group Symphronica, Gemini nominated “Kosher Stand-up Comedian” Robert Cait, and Euro Café Duo Ted and Andrea Leyton from Kingston. The unique art works of featured artists Sydney Streicher, Marlee Mandel and Bee Rolbin can be purchased, to help support the good work of CAEF.   

“In these increasingly hostile and confrontational times, the Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation is working to bring you important voices on Israel’s rights, on combating anti-Zionism and all forms of antisemitism.  All donations appreciated.” To register for the Chanukah Zoomathon and Art Sale, click here.

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National Library of Israel Unveils The Hannah Senesh Archive

Over the past year, Ori and Mirit Eisen from Arizona, USA, have graciously enabled the transfer of the complete Hannah Senesh Archival Collection to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, where it will be made available to the public and safeguarded alongside the personal papers of other leading cultural figures including Martin Buber, Franz Kafka and Naomi Shemer. 

According to the Eisen family, “The Hannah Senesh Archive is a national treasure and it is a blessing to preserve it for the Jewish people and the world at large. We are happy to have had the privilege to help.”

Born in Budapest in 1921, Hannah Senesh (Szenes) became an active Zionist and immigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1939, joining Kibbutz Sdot Yam. In 1943, she enlisted in the British army and volunteered to join a paratrooper unit. The next year the British army parachuted her into occupied Europe, in a desperate attempt to rescue downed pilots and save Hungarian Jews from the concentration camps. 

One of the images in the Hannah Senesh Archival Collection, taken at Kibbutz Sdot Yam (Photo: NLI)

Captured and executed by the Nazis, in 1950 she was reinterred in Israel’s national military cemetery on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem. her story and her poems – including “A Walk to Caesarea” (known popularly as “Eli, Eli” / “O Lord, My God”) – have made Senesh into an iconic cultural figure. 

The Hannah Senesh Archival Collection includes: handwritten poems; personal diaries; a newspaper she edited at the age of 6; extensive correspondence; photographs and personal documents from throughout her life; study materials; the minutes of her trial; correspondence and documents related to the Kasztner affair; family documents going back to the 19th century, including materials from her father, the writer Bela Szenes; as well as personal items including the suitcase with which she moved to the Land of Israel, her personal typewriter and camera, and more.

Perhaps the two most moving items in the collection are a pair of notes found in her dress following her execution: the last poem she ever wrote and a personal letter to her mother.

High resolution images from the National Library of Israel’s Hannah Senesh Archival Collection are available for download here.

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