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Ceremony Held Inaugurating the Merage Family Journey Wall at Shmulik’s Library in Israel

Jul 31 2015

On July 5, a ceremony was held in Israel at the Shmulik’s Library to unveil the newly installed Merage Family Journey Wall. The event was organized by the Mayor of the Ramat Hanegev Regional Council, Mr. Shmulik Rifman and the Council CEO, Mr. Eran Doron.

The wall includes pictures and text depicting the story of the Andre and Katherine Merage family with a purpose of informing and inspiring Jewish families through the story of a family that lives outside of Israel, but still supports the country and is heavily involved in the country’s prosperity.

The Inaugurating ceremony hosted 40-50 community members including Mayor Rifman, David Merage, Katherine Merage, Merage Israel representatives Naama Dahan and Inbar Seidman, and a class of 1st and 2nd grade students. The school band was also in attendance and performed during the ceremony.

An excerpt from the wall’s text:

“By the 1970s, Katherine and Andre visited the United States frequently to see their four children who were studying and working there. By the mid-1970s, Katherine and Andre wanted to live near their children, so they moved permanently to southern California in the U.S. It has always been very important to the Merage family to preserve their Jewish culture and heritage. For example, Katherine and Andre held a Shabbat dinner every Friday to celebrate the traditional Jewish day of rest. Children, their spouses, grandchildren, friends and relatives gathered at the couple’s home in southern California, where at times, as many as 50 people participated. Over dinner, guests discussed politics, social issues, family matters, philanthropy, and Jewish life.”