The Café Europa program was initiated to provide needed emotional, social, and therapeutic services to this unique aging population. Café Europa offers survivors a comfortable and safe place to meet one another, exchange stories, receive therapy, and take part in social activities.Tel Aviv’s partner city, Frankfurt am Main, supports Café Europa, a unique meeting point for holocaust survivors in Tel Aviv and its surroundings.
Many of the holocaust survivors in Israel are haunted by loneliness. Once every two weeks and on holidays, Café Europa provides a place where they can meet other holocaust survivors, talk to them, listen to their stories and experiences and even dance together.
Along with a partner, Gila established Café Europa more than 13 years ago, to provide a place for holocaust survivors to meet on holidays. “The vision of Café Europa has always been to help the holocaust survivors leave their isolation. We have wanted to establish some form of a social network, where we can bring the holocaust survivors together. And I do believe we have really made it, haven’t we?”
Juda Goldstein, a survivor and frequent of Café Europa’s only wish is that meetings should take place weekly, “I’m very glad that Café Europa was established, especially because since the independence of the State of Israel and our arrival in the country, nobody had made an effort to bring us survivors together. Nobody ever cared. But since Café Europa was introduced, people know there’s a place they can go to.”
Combating loneliness is a hard struggle and an unfortunate reality of our aging Holocaust survivors. Café Europa offers social activities and a sense of community thereby providing vital social outlets and an escape from loneliness for Israel’s dearest treasures.