Memorial Day ceremony
Photo: Yaron Brener
Students from AMIT Religious-Zionist Education Network will visit cemeteries throughout Israel this Memorial Day in order to say the Kadish prayer for fallen soldiers and terror victims who no longer have living family members.
The students will also offer themselves to bereaved families who would like to complete a quorum of 10 Jews needed in order to perform religious ceremonies.
The idea was first suggested by students of AMIT in Raanana, who attended ceremonies at the city's cemetery last Memorial Day and said prayers over the graves that had few or no visitors.
Rabbi Avinoam Almagor, the principal of the school, joined the students in offering help to family members alone at gravesites. "Many were encouraged by the students' offer to say Kadish for their sons' souls," he said.
"We joined an old woman standing alone at her son's grave and after we held a memorial service for her son she said that for years there had not been a quorum for a service and the Kadish prayer."
Almagor was pleased with the decision to expand the service this year. "The educational significance of students volunteering at a place like this who are educated on true values is important, it is a mitzvah and a right to give to those who gave everything to the state," he said.
Ahead of Memorial Day students from AMIT in Beit Shemesh traveled to the city's cemetery and cleaned the military plot and headstones for the families.