Leah Kaufman, an orphaned child Holocaust survivor who went on to become a noted educator and author, riveted an audience of adult Jewish studies students Tuesday afternoon with stories of a past defined by inhumanity and loss, which resulted in her strengthened Jewish identity.

The lecture, held at the Jewel School – a Jewish learning program for women between the ages of 19 and 30, located in Ramat Eshkol – was attended by over a dozen students, many of whom alternately wept or wiped away tears during Kaufman’s tragic, yet uplifting, retelling.

Kaufman, who was born in Romania and subsequently made aliya from Calgary in 1999, is the co-author of Live! Remember! Tell the World! The Story of a Hidden Child Survivor of Transnistria, which details her dystopian childhood as a young Romanian orphan during the Shoah… read more