Hope all of you had a great Passover!
Holocaust Remembrance Day begins this Sunday night, May 7 and ends Monday evening. Many communities will have Holocaust Remembrance events and we strongly urge you to attend an event.
As the number of people who experienced the Holocaust first hand diminishes, it is of the utmost importance that we keep the memory of that horrid period alive so that we can rebut the Holocaust deniers and teach our children about the courage and strength displayed by our people.
I was fortunate to be able to attend an event at Temple Emanuel In New York CIty, a beautiful Reform Synagogue. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Warsaw Ghetto Resistance Organization, and the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, the event was attended by about 2000 people.
Speakers included: Hanne Liebmann, a Holocaust Survivor, His Excellency Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel In New York, Merav Michaeli, a Knesset Member and Senator Charles E. Schumer, one of the two US Senators for New York. Notably absent was Mike Bloomberg, Mayor of New York.
HaZamir, the International High School Choir, sang two songs and Cantor Joseph Malovany sang a few songs and movingly chanted the Memorial Prayer for the Dead recited at the end of the Yizkor Services.
Thirty six candles were prepared to be lit by Holocaust survivors, but unfortunately, there were not enough survivors present to light all the candles.