David Fox of Temple Emeth, holding the shul’s Holocaust Torah, spoke at the Yom Hashoah memorial service on April 15 held near the synagogue’s garden. With him, from left, are Rabbi Steven Sirbu, religious school student Iris Pierce, and the school’s director, Dora Geld Friedman. Barbara Balkin
Bergen County commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day on April 18 at the Bergen County Plaza. From left, acting prosecutor Dennis Calo, Bergen County Sherriff Michael Saudino, County Executive James Tedesco, and Rabbi Mordechai and Shterney Kanelsky of Bris Avrohom. Rabbi Kanelsky talked about the Holocaust and led the memorial prayers; Claire Kahane, Leon Kozak, Yitz Stern, Deborah Veach, Assemblyman Gary Schaer, and Rabbi Kanelsky lit six candles.
Magdelena Devorah Hilsenrath, an Auschwitz survivor, lights a candle with her great-grandson Elijah Mosberg at the annual Teaneck Yom HaShoah commemoration sponsored by the Jewish Community Council of Teaneck on April 11. Dr. Moshe Avital, who survived 10 concentration and labor camps before he was liberated from Buchenwald 73 years ago, was the keynote speaker. More than 1,100 people were at the commemoration. Jonathan Rimberg sang; he was accompanied by violinist Stephanie Kurtzman and the Yeshivat Noam choir. Rabbi Jonny Krug and Arline Duker read the names of relatives of community members who died in the Holocaust and Rabbi Yosef Adler of Congregation Rinat Yisrael recited the Kaddish and Kel Maleh Rachamim.