Yom HaShoah

YOM HA’SHOAH CHJ holds an annual Yom Ha’Shoah Commemoration every year in April or May, usually on a Friday or Saturday during the week designated as Holocaust Remembrance Week by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.* The program is open to the public and we encourage members to invite family and friends. It is suitable for children in middle school and beyond.Yom Ha’Shoah is a teachable moment. Our Sunday School students learn about the Holocaust and our commemoration provides them and their families with the opportunity to listen to survivors tell their stories.Our congregation has been fortunate to have Jolly Zeleny and Lou Reens, members who have graciously, again and again, told stories of their survival of the Holocaust. In addition, Dana Preis’ father, Zelig Preis, gave generously of his time, recounting his experiences and showing the art that he began doing many years later. Jolly and Zelig are no longer with us; Lou, and other members of the survivor community, continue to come and teach us about this terrible time in our history.In addition to remembering the Holocaust and honoring its survivors, we affirm how important it is to continue asking the question “What can the Holocaust teach us about society and ourselves today?”Here are some of the most important answers.• Understanding that people make choices and choices make history• Understanding the warning signs of genocide and the 8 stages ofgenocide• Inspiring Action• Preventing Genocide• Honoring Rescuers: Jews and Gentiles• Bearing Witness with survivors and rescuers• Reckoning with History• Confronting the Holocaust: America’s response; Europe’s response; the world’s response* The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. Yom Ha’Shoah was inaugurated on 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. It is held on the 27th of Nisan (April/May), unless the 27th would be adjacent to Shabbat, in which case the daate is shifted by a day

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