PAMAT HASHARON, Israel — Gali Yacoby didn’t have the typical birthday party this year. Instead of presents, her second-grade classmates brought cans of tuna, sardines, oatmeal, tea, coffee, soup mixes and jelly. And the items weren’t even for the birthday girl.
The foodstuffs went instead, by way of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yehuda Butman, to elderly Holocaust survivors in her hometown of Ramat Hasharon, Israel.
According to girl’s mother, Gali was inspired by her wish to honor her paternal grandparents, whose birthdays also fall out around the girl’s. Holocaust survivors themselves, the couple live in the coastal city of Nahariya.
“She wanted to do something special for Holocaust survivors here” said Alicia Yacoby. “Since her grandfather is not in the best of health, she wanted to something to help other Holocaust survivors for whom [life] is difficult.”