Clevelanders Commemorate the Holocaust and Heroism Featuring Creative Resistance Through the Arts

April 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Who:     Holocaust survivors, their families and community members who want to honor the lives that were lost. The event is free and open to the entire community.

What:    The annual community commemoration of Yom Hashoa V’Hagvura, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, will feature songs written and performed in Terezin (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp, which was falsely known as a haven for musicians, artists, writers and leaders for “safer keeping.” Stories from six survivors will be told as they light memorial candles with their families by their side, as well as one by a World War II combat veteran. There will also be a “March of the Generations” (children of all ages carrying candles to signify that Jewish life after the Holocaust continues), poetry readings by high school and middle school creative arts contest winners, and a performance by HaZamir Choir. The program is coordinated by the Kol Israel Foundation, Sisterhood and Generations and The Mandel Jewish Community Center, with support from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

Where: B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, 27501 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike

When:   Sunday, May 1, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

Why:     Yom Hashoa V’Hagvura or Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, is often known simply as Yom Hashoa. This day commemorates the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust. It also marks the anniversary of the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943. Jews around the world hold memorials and vigils, where they often light candles and read the names of families and communities who perished.

-JFC-

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