In November Met Council hosted an event for Holocaust survivors at the Rego Park Jewish Center in Queens. Approximately 80 seniors attended the event, enjoying an afternoon of music, dancing, conversation, and a kosher lunch. Attendees were from the neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, and Rego Park.
Through a generous donation by Mr. Henry Orenstein, this event was one of several planned for Holocaust survivors, that will be taking place at venues primarily throughout the city. These include museums, restaurants and universities. One group took a trip to Philadelphia for a whirlwind day of sightseeing. In addition, different types of entertainment are offered at the events, and have included musicians, singers, films and poets. To accommodate seniors, the program provides transportation to and from the events.
The events enable seniors to get out of their homes, socialize with peers, discuss shared experiences, and have an enjoyable afternoon. It also gives them the opportunity to connect to additional Met Council services that they may need, all of which are within the scope of trauma informed work.
Many of the seniors actively participated in the event, singing with the soloist who offered songs in English and Yiddish. Several danced, and a joyous hora circle formed, with participants dancing to Hava Nagilah. It was a time for seniors to forget their challenges and enjoy each other’s company.
We thank Mr. Orenstein, himself a Holocaust survivor, for providing the funding for the Holocaust Survivor Program through the Henry & Carolyn Sue Orenstein Foundation, in partnership with JFNA.