The local Jewish community welcomed the arrival of a Holocaust survivor and chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv to Rochester. He is set to deliver his story of survival at the Jewish Community Center Saturday evening.
Rabbi Israel Meir Lau was greeted by dozens of school children from a local Jewish school Friday morning when he arrived at the Rochester International Airport.
Rabbi Lau is here to discuss his new book, Out of the Depths. It's his account of life in a Nazi concentration camp in Germany as a young child. He was liberated by the American Army when he was eight years old in 1945.
"Every moment in Buchenwald is a world for itself. A world of sufferings, of misery, of loneliness, frozen, starving. After I have known a little bit of the world, the entire world, the first question is, where was all this world when those things happened there," he said.
Rabbi Lau is the 37th generation of practicing rabbis. This is his first visit to Rochester and his speech will be at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the JCC.