Memory is critical to Jewish continuity. From Abraham, Moses and the exodus from Egypt to revelation of Torah and our sacred texts, memory is the foundation of the Jewish community. We are constantly reminded to remember – our history, our ancestors, loved ones no longer with us. We dedicate our holidays and festivals, prayers, and cultural experiences to remembering.
The Ba’al Shem Tov’s words grace the exit of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem – “Forgetfulness leads to exile while remembrance is the secret of redemption.” It is fitting, then, that the Holocaust is something we demand our community, and the world, remember. The lives lost, communities changed or lost to us forever, the lives saved, all deserve to be part of our collective memory and words.
Our community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration was held this year at Temple Shalom, This year, the commemoration will include a new element – the partnership of our young students with a survivor.
During the months of February and March, 6th grade Religious School students from Temple Shalom and 6th-12th graders from the community will be grouped together with Holocaust survivors.