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Lonely 93-year-old Holocaust survivor asks MK Merav Michaeli for a visit
In a heartfelt post on Facebook, with the help of a kind volunteer, Rivkah Weiss, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, asks MK Merav Michaeli to come visit her before she dies; 'I always have something to talk about with people,' she says.
Rebecca Weiss, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor suffers from loneliness. Even though she has a caregiver who helps her around the house and volunteers who drop by from time to time—being alone is the hardest thing for her, which is why she decided to call out to the public: Come visit me.

 

 

"I really want people to come and visit me. I always have something to talk about with people," said Weiss, who lives in Rishon LeZion and has no family. She can’t walk, so she passes most of her time watching TV.

 

A few days ago, MK Merav Michaeli (Zionist Union) was contacted via Facebook by Weiss, with the help of one of the volunteers who visits her. "All Rivkah wants is to meet MK Merav Michaeli before she dies," wrote the volunteer to Michaeli.

 

Rivkah Weiss with MK Merav Michaeli
Rivkah Weiss with MK Merav Michaeli

 

The MK immediately got into her car and went to visit Rivkah at her home.

 

Ms. Weiss was extremely touched by the gesture. She cracked open her family album and showed Michaeli a picture of her grandfather, Israel Kastner.

 

She told Michaeli that she had worked for WIZO (Women's International Zionist Organization) for many years, and now, she is an avid follower of the news, despite the fact that she can hardly see or hear. Nevertheless, she still holds strong opinions current affairs in the country.

 

Despite the loneliness and the wretched conditions thrust upon her by the Nazis, Ms. Weiss maintains a sense of humor and wit.

 

"It was a tremendous privilege to visit the remarkable Rivkah Weiss. Luckily, Rivkah isn’t shy about asking people to visit her," said Michaeli.

 

"The elderly in Israel not only suffer from physical neglect but also from social and emotional neglect. Go visit Rivkah and any other senior who would surely enjoy the company," Michaeli urged the public.

 

If anyone wishes to visit Ms. Weiss, please contact Kobi the volunteer at: 052-8193352.

 

(Translated and edited by N. Elias)

 

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