On April 19, the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Manhattan held its annual Gathering of Remembrance. The gathering, marking Yom HaShoah, has been held for two decades; this year, for the first time, it was held online. It was streamed to the museum’s website, YouTube, and Facebook channel, and it still is up and available to viewers. Speakers included Rita Lerner of Englewood Cliffs, a museum trustee; Bruce Ratner, its chairman; and Jack Kliger, its president and CEO. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Israeli Ambassador Dani Dayan, Holocaust survivor and artist Fred Terna, and third generation survivor Melissa Berger also participated. A candle lighting ceremony featured Dr. Ruth Westheimer, actor Steven Skybell, and musical performances by Zalmen Mlotek of Teaneck, HaZamir, and Grammy Award-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi.
Everyone was welcome to participate by lighting memorial candles and uploading video and photographs to the museum’s Facebook with the hashtag #CandlesOfRemembrance. For more information, go to mjhnyc.org.