In a world often characterized by its fast pace and fleeting connections, there’s something deeply profound about the bond that forms between generations when stories are shared and listened to with reverence. “From March to Miriam,” an initiative bringing together 7th and 8th grade students with local Holocaust survivors, embodies this sentiment beautifully.

Supported by generous grants from the Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) and the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, “From March to Miriam” is an artful cultivation of conversation and friendship, a passing of wisdom and experience from l’dor v’dor (generation to generation).

Through the program, survivors share their testimonies, imparting lessons of resilience and hope. The sharing of traditions, from heartfelt stories to familial rituals, ensures that the cultural heritage of Jewish people remains alive.

On March 10, 2024, “From March to Miriam” participants gathered for a luncheon on the campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, uniting 170 local survivors, students, families, staff and volunteers. Together, they celebrated the intergenerational relationships nurtured through monthly visits, weekly phone calls, and in-person encounters at school.

With more than 30 Holocaust survivors actively participating in the program, the luncheon served as a poignant reminder of the importance of hearing their stories now.

Amidst the laughter, music, games, and shared moments, the theme of Israel resonated with attendees, who celebrated the enduring spirit of a people united in hope and remembrance.

As we reflect on the success of “From March to Miriam” and the relationships it has fostered, we are reminded of the profound impact that simple acts of listening and connection can have.

“The program is so important to me. I love it so much,” said Hershel, a local Holocaust survivor and “March to Miriam” program participant. “The time I get to speak and be with teens and the ongoing connections I have developed is such a highlight for me.”