A penny for their thoughts

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community -

THREE YAVNEH Col­lege girls have marked Yom Hashoah by launch­ing an ap­peal to col­lect six mil­lion pen­nies in mem­ory of Holo­caust vic­tims.

Year-12 pupils Jes­sica Tray, Talia Al­bum and Rachel Kass hit upon the idea of Pen­nies With Pur­pose as a way of leav­ing a last­ing legacy of their time at the Bore­ham­wood school.

Jes­sica ex­plained that the £60,000 would be split be­tween Holo­caus­tre­lated causes. Talia said the trio had been “in­spired by our school trip to Poland and wanted to re­vive the Jewish cul­ture in com­mu­ni­ties dec­i­mated by the Holo­caust, en­sur­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of Jewish life.

“As well as this, as the last gen­er­a­tion who can hear first-hand from sur­vivors, we want to make sure the Holo­caust is never for­got­ten.”

Rachel added that “when com­mem­o­rat­ing the Holo­caust, there is a Jewish cus­tom to light six me­mo­rial can­dles. Sim­i­larly, we would like the money Pen­nies With Pur­pose raises to go to six projects.”

Yad Vashem will be among the ben- efi­cia­ries and pro­ceeds will also go to­wards restor­ing Pol­ish Jewish ceme­ter­ies, re­build­ing Jewish life in Krakow and War­saw and ed­u­ca­tional vis­its.

One-sixth of the to­tal is ear­marked for World Jewish Re­lief’s Su­dan project, help­ing the vic­tims of the geno­cide in Dar­fur.

The girls want to reach their fundrais­ing goal by Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day in Jan­uary and the school will be help­ing them to pro­mote the scheme.


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