In Blessed memory of Efim Grimberg
President of the Holocaust association in Jerusalem
The sad news came to us from Jerusalem on Wednesday, May 17th 2012 after a long battle with cancer, Efim Grimberg has left us. He died a prominent figure amongst His people, working tirelessly until the very end to preserve the memory of Holocaust and the victims who suffered under the Nazi regime.
During the war, Efim Himself was in Domanevsky Camp known as "the kingdom of death" because of the brutality and mass murder of Jews. He alone survived at age 5 amongst all of his large family. In the difficult postwar years, he also experience anti-Semitism by the hands of the Russians, having no family Efim was forced to flee from one orphanage to another.
The trials and tribulations Efim endured as a child, despite the hunger and the loss of loved ones, found the strength to overcome all difficulties with God's help. He was able to not only complete trade school, but also a secondary and then higher education. He was later blessed with a wonderful family, and together with his wife, children and grandchildren in 1997, Efim immigrated to Israel.
Everyone who knew him, loved him and appreciated Efim. He was a reliable man, one who carried responsibility and a constant desire to help people. He was a good man and friend to many.
Efim Grimberg will be greatly missed not only by family and many Holocaust Survivors, but also to all of us who were fortunate to know him personally. Efim truly loved his people, he constantly worried about the fate of Jews in the Diaspora and the Land of Israel, and He loved this land.
With deep sorrow, we express our condolences to family and friends of Efim Grimberg. Bradley, Marianna Antolovich and the For Zion's Sake Ministry Staff.
The photos below show Efim’s tireless efforts for survivors until his last day.
From left to right: Efim Grimberg meeting to discuss Humanitarian Aid for Holocaust Survivors with Max Veenstra "NMV Humanitarian Aid Transport, Netherlands", Leonid Schneider "Helping Hand Coalition" , Leszek Lozovsky Supporter of Holocaust Survivors, Bradley Antolovich "For Zion's Sake Ministries"
President Efim with Vice-President Lilia Glazer at the grand opening ceremony of the New Holocaust center in Jerusalem in March
Efim with Bradley, Marianna and daughter Yael at our last visit in April
The sad reality is that every 30 minutes another Holocaust Survivor dies! Let us continue to bless this last generation of living witnesses with His Love while we still have a short time with them...
Israel celebrates Jerusalem Day
May 20th begins Yom Yerushalayim -- Jerusalem Day
The day is celebrated according to the Hebrew date of the liberation by Israeli troops of Jerusalem, in 1967.
"Har Habayit be'yadenu! Ani chozer: Har Habayit be'yadenu! The Temple Mount is in our hands! I repeat, the Temple Mount is in our hands!"
So declared Gen. Motta Gur when he and the paratroopers he commanded reached the Mount.
You can hear an historic recording of this event, which includes prayers by Rabbi Shlomo Goren, and see a translated transcript here:
In the 3,000 years since King David first made Jerusalem his capital, the city had been divided only once: during the 19 years that Jordan controlled eastern Jerusalem following the War of Independence.
When Israel liberated that part of the city, on the third day of the Six Day War, Jerusalem was reunited -- never, ever to be divided again. (Thank you Nurit Greenger)
Im eshkachech, if I ever forget thee, Jerusalem
For Zion's Sake hosts another group of Holocaust Survivors at Haus Schonegg in Switzerland
This month we were blessed to host another group of Holocausts survivors from Jerusalem at the Schonegg. We lovingly welcomed Anna Berenzon, Niosia Dobrobrosky Michael Grimberg, Grigori Elper, Vladimier Peker into our home and hearts as we shared an incredible week together in sweet fellowship.
The survivors gladly accepted many speaking engagements including schools, churches and homes where they were able to share their testimonies of survival. We also found time for touring and of course plenty of time for them just rest and enjoy the beauty of God's creation.
We are already planning our next group of survivors to visit Schonegg in June so we appreciate your prayers and support for these outreaches!
Here are some photo highlights of our time together:
Visiting the Great Synagogues in Basel
The Survivors shares with a church as Yael translates in Swiss German
The group shares with a Christian school in Bern
The survivors welcome prayers of blessing from the children and their teaches
Great memories together in loving fellowship
Finally we would ask for your prayers for the next 20 Ft container that is scheduled to arrive in our warehouse in Jerusalem on May 24 from Sweden. We Thank and Praise the Lord for all of His provisions to For Zion's Sake Ministries and we also want to thank you! for sharing in the ministry with us; enabling us to offer (as it were) a cup of cold water through Humanitarian Aid in Yeshua's name to all who have need!
FZS staff and friends unloading a previous 20 ft. container
Shalom and Blessings!
Bradley Antolovich, family and staff