Over 600 Holocaust survivors and their families joined together to film a cover of Ofra Haza’s ‘Chai’ to commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
The video was a joint project between Beit Avi Chai, an educational and cultural institution in Jerusalem, together with Koolulam, a social initiative for mass singing, and Zikaron BaSalon, an organization that coordinates Holocaust commemoration ceremonies.
The song “Chai” (Hebrew for “alive”) was specifically chosen for this event. Written by the late Ehud Manor and composed by Avi Toledano for the 1983 Eurovision Competition in Munich, the lyrics represent an expression of defiance and victory of the Jews. “This is the song that our grandfather sang yesterday to our father, and today, I, I am able to sing it,” a line in the song reads.
“By uniting in song, we celebrate not only the miracle of survival, but the next generations of those who have been born and who are, together, continuing the great miracle of the Jewish people in the Jewish State.” Dr. David Rozenson, Beit Avi Chai’s Executive Director said in a statement.
“We draw great hope and inspiration from them – and will never forget their strength and victory. The Jewish people are one nation that beats with one heart and there is no greater expression of this than our unity,” he said.
Participants arrived from all over Israel, some even came from abroad, to join in on the recording. Watch the video above, and more from Koolulam at this link.