BLOOMFIELD — Although the Jewish community focuses on Yom HaShoah in the spring as a day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and teaching the lessons of resisting anti-Semitism and racism, there is another day set aside for this purpose as well. In 2005, the United Nations declared Jan. 27 each year as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day marks the liberation on that date in 1945 of the largest of the death camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
As we are all sadly aware, the number of survivors is sadly shrinking, and there is a corresponding greater need to remember and honor those who survive and give witness to the horrors that were inflicted upon the Jewish people. Thus the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) and Voices of Hope are joining together with Beth Hillel Synagogue in Bloomfield to recognize and honor those survivors still in our community. Voices of Hope is an organization created by descendants of Holocaust survivors to collect, categorize and share the experiences of Holocaust survivors for the benefit of future generations.
The first of an anticipated yearly program will be held at Beth Hillel Synagogue, on Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. at the ongoing "Shmooze and Lunch" program carried out by Beth Hillel, chaired by Dorothy and Norman Cohen. After the program, members of the synagogue community serve a light lunch for the nominal cost of $4. The list of honorees this year is being prepared. If you know anyone who should be included, please call Tracy Knight at JFACT, 860-727-5771.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Beth Hillel Synagogue
160 Wintonbury Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002-1909
Program begins at 11:00 a.m.
If you wish to attend, please call Beth Hillel Synagogue at 860-242-5561 to make your reservation for the program and lunch.