More than 2,000 people, including Holocaust survivors and their families, were at New York City’s annual Gathering of Remembrance, the city’s largest and oldest Holocaust commemoration. The ceremony is held every year on the Sunday closest to Yom HaShoah; this year’s was on May 1 at Temple Emanu-El of the City of New York. It was organized by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Israel Knesset member Merav Michaeli spoke. Museum trustee Judah Gribetz, museum vice chair Ann Oster, and trustee Rita Lerner of Englewood Cliffs, both daughters of Holocaust survivors, led the proceedings and offered personal reflections. Holocaust survivor Esther Geizhals’s daughter, Jacqueline Krim, spoke on behalf of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants. Jordana Reisman Stone, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, represented the third generation. Musical selections featured Cantor Joseph Malovany, the Temple Emanu-El Choir, and the HaZamir International Jewish High School Choir.