CSYV’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program

The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem Twinning Program provides a Bar/Bat Mitzvah child with a unique opportunity to mark the occasion of his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

Twinning with a child that perished during the Holocaust is an opportunity for the child and their family to do something that has a much larger significance. To remember someone who perished in the Holocaust and was not able to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah means to understand that they were unique individuals with a family, a community, friends, likes and dislikes, goals and aspirations. It also means to understand what happened to them during the Holocaust: how they coped with the harsh daily realities, responded to anti-Jewish policies, resisted death, created art and attempted to preserve their human dignity despite the humiliation and suffering inflicted upon them.

By “twinning”, you are doing the mitzvah of keeping that individual’s memory alive, especially during this milestone in your Jewish life – the day of your Bar/Bat mitzvah.

CSYV provides the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child with a Page of Testimony of a child Holocaust victim and presents the Bar/Bat Mitzvah with a certificate signed by the National Chair and the Executive Director of the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem.

The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem invites its friends to support the Twinning Program with a donation. A gift to CSYV in honour of this milestone is a lasting and meaningful way to celebrate a special occasion. Donations can be designated for general support or to specific programs and giving opportunities.

To register to the CSYV’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program:

Please fill out the attached form and save it on your computer.

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Next, please submit your application here:

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child's Name (required)*

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Simply attach your application here and then press submit!

Rachel Tanenzap

Throughout my experience with the Yad Vashem twinning project, I have discovered and learned many new things. I have learned about a young girl’s life in the Holocaust and how things might have felt for her. I also learned a little bit about my family during the Holocaust. I made connections between her life and my great grandparents. Seeing these connections showed me how much the circumstances for Jews in Europe were very similar and how terrible it was. It also made me appreciate how blessed I am and in what a fortunate world and time I live in.

Rachel Tanenzap

(From left to right: Rachel’s Mother -Jodi Tanenzap, Twining Participant – Rachel Tanenzap, National Executive Director – Ester Driham)

“I decided to participate in the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem’s twinning program so that I could better understand the experiences of children during the war. I decided to twin with Miryam Judith Natanson because we share the same birthday. By participating in the program, I’m helping to keep Miryam’s memory alive. Researching her life was very interesting and made me feel connected to the events of the Holocaust in a meaningful way.”

Yael Jackson