Local Rabbi Leads Effort To Vaccinate Holocaust Survivors

BROOKLINE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A local rabbi is spearheading the effort to get COVID-19 vaccinations to holocaust survivors and their children.

Rabbi Danielle Eskow of Brookline reached out to the doctor that gave her the vaccine. Dr. Justin Holtzman agreed to set aside the doses for the survivors, while Congregation Kehillath Israel in Coolidge Corner offered the space. Medical volunteers took time off work and the Rabbi got the word out.

She reached out through survivors’ organizations, Jewish aid organizations, her own personal network, and made cold calls.

Rabbi Eskow says the community vaccinated 20 local holocaust survivors and 70 of their children.

“A lot of them said things like, ‘we didn’t survive Germany...to be stuck at home, or God forbid, die of COVID,’” Eskow said.

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