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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel Visits Yad Vashem

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel studies an exhibit in the Holocaust History MuseumWhite House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel studies an exhibit in the Holocaust History Museum
Photo: Isaac Harari

The Emanuel family touring the Holocaust History Museum, guided by Deputy Director of the Museums Division and Senior Art Curator Yehudit ShendarThe Emanuel family touring the Holocaust History Museum, guided by Deputy Director of the Museums Division and Senior Art Curator Yehudit Shendar
Photo: Isaac Harari

Director of the Hall of Names Alex Avraham presenting White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his son Zach with a certificate of participation in the Twinning Program Director of the Hall of Names Alex Avraham presenting White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his son Zach with a certificate of participation in the Twinning Program
Photo: Isaac Harari

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the Hall of the Names White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the Hall of the Names
Photo: Isaac Harari

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.”

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