Zachor: Remembrance and resistance

Zachor: Remembrance and resistance

Area continues to mark Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah, which fell on Tuesday, is being marked, in various venues, throughout the week. So many observances were and are being held that not all can be listed here.

On Sunday, the Jewish Center in Teaneck showed “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” as part of its “Reel Judaism” series, and Ridgewood’s Inter-Religious Fellowship held its 23rd annual interfaith Holocaust remembrance service at Temple Israel & Jewish Community Center. Congregant Will Recant, assistant executive vice president of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, spoke on on “We Shall Never Forget: Memory of Genocide Must Lead to Positive Action.”

On Monday, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College held a commemoration at Beth Haverim Shir Shalom, with Christos Nicola, a caving expert and writer, explaining how three Ukrainian Jewish families survived the Holocaust by hiding in a cave for 344 days. That night, during a service at Cong. Adas Emuno in Leonia, survivor Kurt Roberg spoke about his experiences. Also that night, Gesher Shalom/JCC of Fort Lee held a program with a talk by Evi Blaikie, a child of a survivor and author of “Magda’s Daughter.” And Young Israel of Fort Lee presented “A Boyhood in Camps,” a lecture by congregant Sol Graf. Graf lived in six concentration camps during World War II, immigrated to Israel, and fought in its War of Independence.

On Tuesday, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly marked the day with a candlelighting ceremony, the presentation of the Abe Oster Holocaust Remembrance Award, and a talk by Susan Gold, who had been a hidden child.

Also in Englewood on Tuesday, Martin Schiller, a survivor and author, discussed Holocaust denial at a commemoration at Cong. Ahavath Torah.

At the Jewish Community Center in Paramus that night, Alvin Moskin spoke of being an 18-year-old U.S. Army soldier helping to liberate Gunskirchen Lager concentration camp in Austria.

And on that day, the YM-YWHA of North Jersey, in Wayne, held a program called “Voices of the Generations,” with its creator, Julie Kohner, whose Holocaust-survivor parents were the subjects of a “This Is Your Life” television program.

At 7:30 tonight, Temple Beth-El in Closter holds kabbalat Shabbat services with a Holocaust remembrance led by Rabbi Debra Hachen, Cantor Rica Timman, and seventh-grade students. Information: (201) 768-5112.

Following Shabbat services at 8 tonight, Cantor Mark Biddelman and the choir of Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake present “Gesher Hakodesh,” a mini-concert to remember the Holocaust and celebrate Israel’s independence. Information: (201) 391-0801.

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