Thursday marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, is marked each year by a solemn ceremony, led by Rabbis David Zaslow and Marc Sirinsky, that alternates between Temple Emek Shalom and Havurah Shir Hadash.

This year's ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Havurah. Memorial candles will be lit and the Kaddish, the prayer for the dead, will be recited. There will be songs led by Rabbi David and Cantor Bella, a musical offering by Dawn Lemanne on violin and some readings by members of the community

Yom Hashoa was inaugurated in 1959, anchored in a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. The date on the Hebrew Lunar calendar is the 27th of Nissan, eight days prior to Israeli Independence Day.

On this day, tens of thousands of Israeli high-school students and thousands of Jews from around the world hold a memorial service in Auschwitz, in what has become known as "The March of the Living," in defiance of the Holocaust Death Marches.

"Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel reminds us that in remembering tragedy we are are sowing the land with seeds of peace and hope," Rabbi Zaslow said. "To remember an event where one-third of the Jewish population was destroyed brings both tears and a sense of hope for tomorrow."

The event is free and open to all. For more information, call 488-7716.

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