The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey held its annual Yom Hashoah commemoration at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel. The governor’s office and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education designated the program as the official commemoration for northern New Jersey.
Speakers included Dr. Joan Rivitz, the associate director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, and the federation’s president, Jayne Petak. Zalmen Mlotek of Teaneck, the artistic director of the National Jewish Theater Folksbiene, and his daughter Sarah performed.
Children carried 73 candles, one for each anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. They were followed by a procession of Torah scrolls rescued from Holocaust and now at local synagogues, including the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/CBI, Congregation Shomrei Torah in Wayne, Congregation Gesher Shalom in Fort Lee, Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge, Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, Temple Emeth in Teaneck, and Temple Beth Sholom in Fair Lawn.