11.05.2011 07.Ijar, 5771 Tag 21 des Omer
Veteran American immigrant and longtime Hadassah woman Barbara Goldstein is being honored at tonight’s Independence Day ceremony.
Barbara Goldstein has been to the official Independence Day ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem at least 30 times before, she reckons, but this year is different. For the first time, Goldstein, the deputy executive director of Hadassah in Israel, will be one of the select few lighting a torch at the event Monday night – one of the country’s highest honors.
“Over the years I’ve brought a lot of people to the ceremony at Mount Herzl,” she says in an interview over the phone. “I always imagined… what would it be like? I was standing in Poland next to the statue of Janusz Korczak [the famous Jewish-Polish educator, who died in the Holocaust], leading a group of people on a visit, and the phone rings. We were talking about how he went with the children to the camps even though he didn’t have to. I’ve always been inspired by his story, and then I get this call. It was surreal.”…