Many children dream of what they will be able to do with the money they receive on their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Some use the funds to fulfill dreams; others put the sum in a savings account for the future.
Noa Weinzweig, however, had a different kind of dream, and she was able to see it come to fruition.
Noa, who lives in Herzliya, a coastal city just North of Tel Aviv, asked that guests at her Bat Mitzvah bring only checks — no gifts. Friends and family honored her request, and Noa received approximately NIS 50,000, with which she chose to fully finance a three-day vacation to Jerusalem for dozens of Holocaust survivors.
“I have always been interested in the Holocaust,” Noa said in an interview with Channel 10. “I have always wanted to learn more.”
In addition to touching survivors’ lives, Noa’s generosity was rewarded with a presidential meet-and-greet Tuesday. President Shimon Peres told the young girl that she did something “really exemplary” and that she “raised the spirits of our entire nation.” He added that this was an instance where the older generation can learn from the younger one.