Changing the Lives of Holocaust Survivors One Step at a TimeNovember 27, 2017
Though generations apart, the lives of Justine Goldberg and S.T., a Holocaust survivor, intersect at a time of true altruism and solidarity. Justine was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and at the age of seven, immigrated to San Diego, California with her family. She was raised in a traditional Jewish household where her parents instilled in her core values of family unity and a strong sense of identity with the state of Israel and the Jewish people.
Over the years, Justine has traveled numerous times to Israel, her most notable trip taking place in 2005 when she embarked on the March of the Living – a week-long trip to Poland visiting the Auschwitz and Madanek concentration camps. Walking in the footsteps of those who perished in the infamous concentration and death camps forever transformed her life. The day she visited Auschwitz is a day she will never forget. At Auschwitz, Justine was faced with the haunting image of the unfathomable stories of survivors like S.T.
Upon returning from her incredibly profound trip, Justine felt a deep sense of responsibility to make a difference in the lives of Holocaust survivors. Justine understood that life after Auschwitz would mean a new set of hardships as survivors were forced to navigate life following an incredibly crippling and inexplicable time of torment. At minimum, Justine set out to ensure that Survivors without any family or loved ones would be comforted by a sense of belonging and care where their lives were otherwise lacking.
Fortunately, Justine managed to couple her love of marathon running with her mission to provide assistance to Holocaust survivors. A few years ago, at the New York City Marathon, Justine had the privilege of meeting a number of Holocaust survivors and learned of The Blue Card’s affiliation as one of the official charities of the event. The Blue Card has been an instrumental force in providing resources to Holocaust survivors and therefore a natural choice for Justine in her efforts to give back to the community. Recognizing her position as a privileged and observant Jewish woman, Justine is adamant about finding time in her busy schedule as a resident physician to train for marathons, running proudly with The Blue Card and continuing to raise funds for Holocaust survivors like S.T.
The growing needs of S.T. has propelled Jewish Family Service to advocate for her receipt of maximum hours of assistance from the Conference of Material Claims Against Germany (the Claims Conference) and from In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) of San Diego County, a county program available to the lowest income residents. If S.T. has any chance of remaining in her home, she will need the advocacy of Jewish women like Justine to secure ongoing care. S.T., and the countless other Holocaust Survivors, deserve to live out their lives in peace and find comfort in knowing that we, as a community, are uniting to bridge the gap and leave a lasting impression of what it means to be part the Jewish community.
You can support the cause by making a tax-deductible donation to the ongoing efforts of The Blue Card and Jewish women like Justine who have undertaken a responsibility to provide for those that have suffered for our freedom. Any contributions, no matter the size, are truly and sincerely appreciated. 100 percent of the donations will go toward meeting the needs of elderly survivors who depend on The Blue Card for their most fundamental necessities of food, shelter and adequate healthcare.
Despite the horrors of the Holocaust, because of heroes like S.T., Am Israel Chi – The Jewish Nation Lives. Α
To donate go to crowdrise.com/the-blue-card-nyc2017/fundraiser/justinegoldberg.