There has been a guest speaker at every Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Service. For many years, our speaker was a survivor of the Shoah. In more recent years, we have heard Holocaust educators, story tellers, and a child of survivors.
But this Sunday night’s speaker will address an aspect of the Holocaust that has not been explicitly spoken about: Christianity’s role in perpetrating the genocide of the Jewish people. Father Bruce Bramlett is a scholar who has devoted his life to studying the relationship of the Church and anti-Semitism.
He feels morally compelled to tell the truth, even when there are some who will be discomforted by his portrayal of systemic hostility. In addition to addressing the actions of the Church during the Shoah, Father Bruce will have a message for all of us about the potential for genocide in our own age.
I hope you will join us this Sunday evening for our Interfaith Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Service. We will come together to remember, to mourn, to learn, and to rededicate ourselves to the mitzvah of choosing life and blessing.