The beauty queen pageant for Holocaust survivors finally returns

The 2021 version of the “Beauty Queen Contest for Holocaust Survivors” will take place on Tuesday, November 16 at the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem. This year’s competition will feature Holocaust survivors, artists, ambassadors more, all while streaming online in Israel and to tens of millions of viewers around the world.

“This is the beautiful story of the State of Israel, of Israeli society, it is our strength and success. Holocaust survivors are the true heroines of all of us and thanks to them we are here today, ”said Shimon Sabag, CEO and founder of Yad Ezer LaHaber, an association that provides financial or social assistance to Holocaust survivors in need. “The survivors of the Holocaust are the light that illuminates humanity when the world is dark.”

A team of volunteer makeup artists and stylists will prepare the contestants, who will eventually be awarded their titles and adorned with a tiara, as is customary in beauty pageants, along with the traditional ribbon, bouquet and a multitude of gifts.

The ceremony will be hosted by international model and television host Moran Atias, while singer Rotem Cohen will perform throughout the event.

Judges for this year’s competition include actress and descendant of Holocaust survivors Leah Schnirer, 1992 Miss Israel winner Ravit Asaf, event producer Irit Rahamim, fashion designer Dror Contento, businesswoman and media personality Pnina Rosenblum, model and businesswoman Natalie Dadon, businesswoman Ruth Leviev Yelizarov and Noa Kojba, Israel’s beauty queen for 2021.

The contest is the first since 2018, as the COVID-19 pandemic affected public events around the world. This year’s contest will also mark the first time that the public in Israel and around the world will be able to participate in the election of the beauty queen.


This year’s contest will also be the first to be held in Jerusalem. “Holding the competition this year in Jerusalem is another way that we at Yad Ezer LaHever can provide so many Holocaust survivors with moments of peace and happiness as their days go by. I am happy and excited to host this exciting event,” stated Shimon. Sabag. CEO and founder of Yad Ezer LaHaber, an association that provides financial or social assistance to Holocaust survivors in need.

“This day is an experience that will remain with them for years to come. Holocaust survivors will receive a warm hug not only at the event, but for a longer period. There is nothing more beautiful and exciting than meeting in a room: the Holocaust survivors and their descendants and many volunteers, all together for this purpose, ”added Sabag.

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