Federation Yom Hashoah commemoration
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Federation Yom Hashoah commemoration

Deborah Stack, right, narrates her grandmother Marianne Pollak’s story of survival. Mrs. Pollak, fourth from left, is surrounded by her family. (Photos by Perry Bindelglass)
Deborah Stack, right, narrates her grandmother Marianne Pollak’s story of survival. Mrs. Pollak, fourth from left, is surrounded by her family. (Photos by Perry Bindelglass)

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.

The commemoration honored six survivors, shown here with their families. From left, Miriam Gluzman of Wayne, Ben Rubinstein of Fair Lawn, Agnes Adler of Westwood, Alfred Strauss of Cliffside Park, Marianne Pollak of Dumont, and Shlomo Biezunski of Fair Lawn.
The commemoration honored six survivors, shown here with their families. From left, Miriam Gluzman of Wayne, Ben Rubinstein of Fair Lawn, Agnes Adler of Westwood, Alfred Strauss of Cliffside Park, Marianne Pollak of Dumont, and Shlomo Biezunski of Fair Lawn.

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.

Jeffrey Herrmann, holding the Fair Lawn Jewish Center Holocaust Torah from Pacov, Czechoslovakia, leads a procession of six rescued Holocaust Torah scrolls from Congregation Gesher Shalom in Fort Lee, Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, Shomrei Torah in Wayne, Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge, and Temple Emeth in Teaneck.
Jeffrey Herrmann, holding the Fair Lawn Jewish Center Holocaust Torah from Pacov, Czechoslovakia, leads a procession of six rescued Holocaust Torah scrolls from Congregation Gesher Shalom in Fort Lee, Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, Shomrei Torah in Wayne, Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge, and Temple Emeth in Teaneck.

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.

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