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A Word from Rabbi Schulman - 4/9/21

Approximately two weeks after Passover, the Jewish people commemorate Yom HaShoah.

In cities around the world, Holocaust Remembrance Day observances are held for the six million Jews who perished. In the Bay Area, there are twelve different programs taking place.

Our observance of Yom HaShoah is unique. It is the only service in our region that is interfaith. It is not Temple Beth Torah’s Holocaust Remembrance Service. Instead, it is sponsored by the Tri-City Interfaith Council.

I do not know the origin of TCIC’s sponsorship. The first service took place 39 years ago and there is no one on the council who recollects that time. However, what I can attest to is the steadfast commitment of the members of TCIC to remember with sorrow the unspeakable horror of that time.

I find it moving that people from different faith traditions join in solidarity with the Jewish community to pray and sing with us, to remember and to rededicate ourselves to preventing future genocides. Our service of remembrance concludes with these words:

“For those who were given death,

Let us choose life –

For us and generations to come.

For those who found courage to stand against evil –

Often at the cost of their own lives –

Let us vow to carry on their struggle.

We must teach ourselves and our children:

To learn from hate that we must love,

To learn from evil to live for good.”

Our Yom HaShoah observance will take place Sunday, April 11, at 7:30pm. The service will be held on Zoom, and advanced registration is required.


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