Rough beginnings


During the early years of the State of Israel, there was an intense struggle over the souls of new immigrants from North Africa. Government officials spared no effort to try and coerce these immigrants into forsaking the traditions of their fathers. Yad L'Achim's activists worked tirelessly to maintain these immigrants' precious heritage.

In this rare picture, the activity coordinator portrayed is Yisrael Lau, then in his teens. He is seen leading a summer camp of Yad L'Achim in Be'er Sheva, for some 80 local children.

Years later, this teenager became the famous Gaon, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau – former Chief Rabbi of Israel, and today, the chief rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yaffo.

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