Friday, April 11, 2014

Community Invited to Observe Yom HaShoah at JCC

WOODBRIDGE – Hundreds of people from Southern Connecticut are expected to gather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven  at 4 p.m., April 27 to remember the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust in observance of Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, according to a release.
The center is at 360 Amity Road.
"Elderly Holocaust survivors, families, school children, and others will assemble at the JCC to observe this annual occasion with a solemn commemoration," the release said. "The program will feature prayers, songs, a candle-lighting ceremony, and other presentations that memorialize the men, women and children who died in the Holocaust and pay tribute to those who survived. The program is free of charge and open to the community."

The keynote speaker is Holocaust survivor Anita Schorr.
"As the only survivor of her family, Schorr epitomizes how survivors have made a difference in the world in which we live. In 1943, the Nazis sent Schorr and her family from the Jewish ghetto of Terezin to Auschwitz," the release said. At the concentration camp, Nazi guards informed women between the ages of 18 and 50 that they could sign up to do forced labor in Germany. Although only 14, she was sent to a labor camp in Hamburg and was in Bergen-Belsen at the time of liberation. She has survived, built a new life, raised a family, and contributed to both the values of society and the strength of the community.
The most sacred and solemn duty of the present generation is to never forget what happened during the Holocaust. The community is invited to honor those survivors who have personally experienced the worst of humanity and to provide hope and inspiration for future generations.
In the photo: Schorr who endured the horrors at Auschwitz as a child, speaks to 5th and 6th graders at Peck Place School in Orange in 2012 . Photo- Peter Casolino/New Haven Register 03/19/12

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