I participated in a very moving and powerful evening at Holy Blossom Temple last night for Yom HaShoah, to honour and #AlwaysRemember the stories of Holocaust survivors that made their way to Canada through The Tailor Project.
In 1947, the Canadian Jewish Congress, Jewish Immigration Aid Society (JIAS), and the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission helped people in displaced persons camps across Europe through the Tailor Project; over a thousand Jewish tailors and their families came and settled in Canada. Today’s project began with the help of Larry Enkin, son of Max Enkin who was the chairman of the original project.
It was touching to see the survivors and family members of survivors meet each other for the very first time. Thank you to all the families who attended last night for sharing your remarkable stories of courage and for making Canada your home. You are a part of the fabric of Canada’s history.
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Splansky, Holy Blossom Temple, and Larry Enkin for organizing this truly remarkable and memorable evening. It was inspiring to learn from Paul Klein of Impakt of their social entreprise in which Syrian refugee tailors are now making custom made shirts — and wonderful to see Mohamad present the first shirt to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!