Gabriella Strigler Lou, a Jewish girl from Mexico, will serve as torchbearer for Israel’s 73rd Independence Day torch-lighting ceremony, one of the annual highlights of the national holiday.
Strigler Lou is a member of “Shalom Corps,” a non-profit that works to strengthen Jewish solidarity and assist in humanitarian aid around the world.
The organization took part in a humanitarian aid mission to Honduras last year, and assisted in Mexico’s vaccination drive for elderly and Holocaust survivors.
“Gabriella, the younger generation Diaspora representative, expresses values of compassion and love in her humanitarian work,” Transportation Minister Miri Regev said.
The Ministry of Diaspora Affairs said they chose Strigler because she “represents tens of thousands of Jewish volunteers in Israel and abroad, and is an example and inspiration for social action in Israel and the Diaspora, from a commitment to the shared Jewish future.”
The official state Independence Day ceremony on April 14-15 will be held in-person, but with a smaller crowd than usual.
All participants will also be required to carry a “Green Passport” — proof of vaccination with both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or recovery from the virus.