Our Story

2010:
On a visit to Yad Vashem, Israeli-American businessman and philanthropist Moti Kahana first realized his Romanian family was 
killed by their own Government, and not the Nazis. 

Vowing ‘Never Again,' Kahana set out to rescue the Syrian people from Assad, providing them with SIM cards to document atrocities with their phones. 

 The inspiration behind Amaliah:The Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.

2012:

Moti arranges the visit of Senator McCain to visit Syria and meet with opposition leaders.

2013:

Kahana founded Amaliah, a nonprofit organization named after his mother, to establish a “Safe Zone” on the Israeli border, as a model for the rebuilding of Syria.

One of a series of aerial reconnaissance photographs of the Auschwitz concentration camp taken between April 4, 1944 and January 14, 1945, but not made public until 1978 by two aerial photo-analysts who worked for the CIA. (Source: Yad Vashem)
2015:
Moti Kahana rescues Jews out of Syria and brought the last Jewish family of Aleppo to Israel. His humanitarian work continued, safeguarding ancient Judaica in Damascus synagogues, while forming numerous connections with Syrians, both Jewish and Muslim.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” - Pastor Martin Niemöller

2016:
Funding his own humanitarian work for the last five years, Kahana realized he would be more effective with the help of a small team in New York. A short video about Amaliah’s efforts bringing in Syrian civilians to Israel for medical treatment went viral, garnering almost 10 million views and bringing worldwide awareness to Amaliah's work and Israel's efforts to help their neighbors despite their history.