Ner Ya'akov is a non-profitable organization that was founded
in Israel with the purpose of caring for Holocaust survivors in every way
possible. The organization has a
Holocaust Survivors", which provides a warm caring home for
survivors, a place for survivors to come on holidays and rest and recovery after
illness. The Center also hosts reconciliation meetings and receives groups from
Israel and around the world to connect them to the past. The organization also provides
"Practical Help" for the last living
witnesses of the Holocaust in their private homes. Its founding was inspired by
the desire of committed German Christians who long to bring comfort to these
last living witnesses and humbly express the desire of reconciliation following those awful
experiences of the the past.
Ner Ya'akov was founded with the goal: That it
would be a candle of hope and comfort to the Holocaust survivors.
In the Memory of Yaakov Thalenberg
Bella Steiner, a survivor
of Auschwitz, became a good friend to Inge Buhs. As their
friendship grew, she shared the story of her grandfather,
Yaakov Thalenberg. He was born in Poland in the late 19th
century. His home was warm and loving, a place where everybody
in need found a welcome reception and solace.
Tragically, Yaakov Thalenberg's life ended when he was shot at a mass grave during
the Holocaust. He was dearly loved by Bella, whose greatest
comfort was to see Ner Ya'akov
named to honor her grandfather. His warm-hearted home was the
essence of Inge's vision for a place of comfort for Holocaust
Yaakov Thalenberg's house in Poland
After many years of work in Israel, Inge Buhs saw the need
for a home for Holocaust Survivors who were alone or could not hope to
immigrate to Israel without having a place to come to.
This home has over
the past years developed into a 'Center for Holocaust Survivors.'
In 1983, Inge was inspired by
this Scripture from Ruth 1:16 to come to Israel:
"And Ruth said: '...for
wherever you will go, I will go; and wherever you will lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people and your God shall be my God.'"
From that time on, the God of Israel
has given Inge a deep love for the Jewish people.
After taking a course in Germany on
caring for senior adults, Inge had her first hands-on experience in a
nursing home in Haifa. Later, she was invited to work for a clinic, where she grew close to a precious survivor of Auschwitz, Bella Steiner.
As their friendship grew, so did
Inge's understanding of the Holocaust and her desire to take an active part
in the work of reconciliation between the Jewish people and Christians -
especially German Christians. It was 1987 when Inge's work with Holocaust
survivors began, taking her to the bedsides of the infirmed and dying, and
into the homes and lives of many survivors.
After a period of study and
practical experience in a hospital, Inge continued to help Holocaust
survivors in Israel with housework, cleaning, shopping and nursing care.
She developed close relationships
with these precious people, fulfilling her heart's desire to listen and
express through very practical help the hope to bring true comfort to many
suffering survivors. Along with two other organizations, Inge reached out
to survivors all over Israel before expanding to those hidden away in the
former Soviet Union. During three trips to Belarus and one to Ukraine, they
brought aid and the Lord's love to many whom the world had forgotten.
After many years of working in
Israel, Inge saw the need for a home for Holocaust survivors.
A few committed German Christians came alongside of
Inge to support this
vision that the holocaust survivors could live out their days in an
atmosphere of love and security. The organization was founded by her and
others in Israel dedicated to the same goal: that Ner Yaakov would be a
candle of hope and comfort for these last living witnesses of the holocaust.
PO Box 31540, Jerusalem, 91001, Israel