Not lonely on Seder night
On the Seder evening, many residents have an opportunity for a broad family
reunion. Everyone gathers around a festive table to celebrate Passover Eve.
Those who celebrate together with their families enjoy the unifying
celebration, but what about those who have no one to celebrate with? Many
Holocaust survivors are left alone on the holiday evening around an empty
The association behind the project
Chasdei Naomi, which has been operating for 40 years, has a sub-
organization, Lev Naomi. The association was established 27 years ago to
help patients and disadvantaged populations. Lev Naomi assists and supports
children with health problems, lonely people, lone soldiers, and more.
Lev Naomi is a non-profit organization that operates on a volunteer-only
basis, with no salary recipients at all. Learn more about the organization’s
Seder night at the hotel for Holocaust survivors and lonely elderly
The Seder night at the Eyal Hotel in Jerusalem was very moving, dozens of
Holocaust survivors and lonely elderly people arrived at the hotel. At the
entrance to the hotel, a representative of the association was waiting for them
with a gift that Lev Naomi had prepared especially for them. Many of them
have never celebrated the Seder as is customary. Their excitement, tears,
and bright eyes are hard to describe in words, someone makes sure they are
not being left alone. At the beginning of the holiday, everyone met in the
dining room for a festive and moving Seder. Holocaust survivors and the
elderly settled around A large table, laid out with a white tablecloth, beautiful
dishes, and flowers. Fine wine, matzah, and all symbols of order.
This Passover, no elderly person felt alone. They wore festive clothes, and
some of the women were even wearing makeup, it was evident that they were
happy and excited. The Seder was held by a Rabbi who volunteered and
came specially to the Seder for Holocaust survivors and the elderly. The
‘Hagada’; was read in full. All the customs of order and blessings were done.
Guests of the hotel did not remain indifferent to the sight of the elderly group
who were surrounded with love. Everyone asked and was interested in who
the group was and what the event meant. When they heard about the initiative
of the association that cares for Holocaust survivors throughout the year, they
were also moved by the thought and exciting hospitality of Lev Naomi, that
celebrated the Seder with the elderly.
The hospitality at the hotel was exciting, joyful, and fulfilling. All the guests felt
the enormous contribution to the Holocaust survivors and the elderly. The
desire of this organization is to have a Passover evening at the hotel together
with dozens of Holocaust survivors and lonely elders, every year.