Heart of NJ: Holocaust Remembrance Day observances

Heart of NJ: Holocaust Remembrance Day observances

Yom Hashoa, Holocaust Remembrance Day, begins the evening of Wednesday, May 4. The following synagogues and organizations are sponsoring programs, many of them cosponsored by Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey:

Temple Beth El, Somerset, will host a talk by Miriam Dobin on her family’s experiences during the Holocaust at Sunday, May 1, at 1:30 p.m. Contact Darryl Jayson at 609-933-7842 or darryl.jayson@comcast.net

Congregation B’nai Israel, Rumson, will hold prayers and “Second Generation Looks at the Holocaust,” a panel discussion with children of survivors, on Sunday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. 

Panelists include attorney Nona Balaban, Dr. Ronald Barabas; Dr. Nelly Segal of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College; and health-care expert Jeanne Zucker.

Contact Emilie Kovit-Meyer at emilie.kovit-meyer@cbirumson.org or 732-842-1800, ext. 203.

Henry Ricklis Holocaust Memorial Committee, Monroe Township, will present “Surviving the SS St. Louis-The Voyage of the Dammed” at the committee’s annual Yom Hashoa observance on Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. in Monroe Township Middle School. Doors will open at 12:30 for yahrtzeit candle lighting.

The program will feature Eva R. Wiener (nee Safier), who was among the youngest passengers on the ill-fated voyage of the Saint Louis, which set sail from Germany in 1939 with 937 refugees from Nazi Europe aboard. After their intended destination, Cuba, and the United States refused to allow them to land, they were forced to return to Europe. 

The program will include Six Million Tears, the reading of a poem by author and survivor Judith Sherman, and a reading by the winner of the Monroe Township High School Holocaust Essay contest. 

Contact chair Nina Wolff at 732-605-7811 or nwolff0325@aol.com.

The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, will present “Time Capsules in Hell: The Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto,” a talk by Dr. Samuel Kassow, on Friday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. at BCC’s Brookdale Recreation and Events Center. 

The program will include a candlelighting ceremony, processional with service members from Naval Weapons Station Earle, and performances by the Marlboro High School Chorus and instrumental quartet.

Contact chhange@brookdalecc.edu or 732-224-1889 or visit chhange.org.

Metuchen-Edison Area Interfaith Clergy Association, JCC of Middlesex County, and the Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ will hold an Interfaith Yom Hashoa Holocaust Memorial Program on Wednesday, May 4, at the JCC in Edison at 7:30 p.m. The program will include readings, musical selections, and a memorial candle-lighting ceremony. 

Contact Jennine at 732-494-3232, ext. 3621, or jshpigel@jccmc.org or 732-494-3232, ext. 3261, or visit jccmc.org

Marlboro Jewish Center will present “A Tale of Two Cousins” with Michael Danziger on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. 

Danziger’s paternal grandfather, Solomon Lazar (“Zallie”) Dancygier, and his maternal grandfather, Alexander Kartus, were first cousins born within a few months of each other in 1899 and both lived in Bedzin (Bendin), Poland. As they reached adulthood shortly after the end of the First World War, they made decisions which, in ways they could not have foreseen, sealed the fates of their families in the coming years.

Call 732-536-2300, contact Marvin Glickstein at 732-972-0259, or visit mjcnj.com.

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