Hundreds of people filled the New City Jewish Center on April 24 for Rockland County’s community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration. Victims of the Shoah were remembered and survivors were honored at the commemoration, which featured keynote speaker Dan McMillan, author of “How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust.” The ceremony was made possible by the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education and the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County.
On April 25, the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland partnered with Rockland Jewish Family Service and the Museum to offer “Righteous Resisters,” a free lunch-and-learn class. Led by Holocaust educator and RJFS social worker Carol H. King, the class drew dozens of people to the Rockland Jewish Community Campus to learn about the Righteous Among the Nations who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Rockland’s community-wide Yom HaShoah programming culminated with a commemoration at the Rockland County Courthouse later that afternoon. More than 120 people, many of whom told their stories about relatives who died or survived the Holocaust, were there. The Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance and Education joined the Justice Brandeis Law Society to organize Monday’s observance at the courthouse, which ended by lighting six candles, symbolizing the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust.