White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his family visited Yad Vashem on Friday, May 28, 2010, during their trip to Israel marking their son Zach's bar mitzvah. The Emanuel family participated in a guided tour of the Holocaust History Museum and the Hall of Names from Deputy Director of the Museums Division and Senior Art Curator Yehudit Shendar.
Following the guided tour, Zach was "twinned" with a child victim of the Holocaust. Bar/Bat Mitzvah twinning projects are a unique way for Jewish children and their families to strengthen their identification with the Jewish people by forging bonds with individual children murdered in the Holocaust.
The family also visited the Yad Vashem Synagogue and the Children’s Memorial. Upon exiting the Children’s Memorial, Rahm Emanuel signed the Visitors’ Book:
“Our children are our future. To see so much promise eliminated from realizing their potential reminds us all of our responsibility to our own children and the children of the world.”