BY RABBI JONATHAN LUBLINER
Jacksonville Jewish Center
Yom Ha-shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, was established in 1953, when the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, established a law calling for an annual commemoration of the tragedy which befell the European Jewry during the Nazi era. The Knesset chose the 27th of Nisan on the Jewish calendar as the date for Yom Ha-shoah because of its proximity to the date of the Warsaw Ghetto’s uprising against its oppressors. When the 27th of Nisan is adjacent to the Jewish Sabbath, its observance is shifted by a day.
This community-wide observance rotates annually from one local synagogue to another. The Jacksonville Jewish Center will host this year’s Yom Ha-shoah commemoration. In addition to clergy and lay participation from area synagogues, survivors and their family members will be invited to kindle memorial candles during the service. The event will take place Sunday, Apr. 23, at 4 p.m., at the Jacksonville Jewish Center (3662 Crown Point Rd.)
This year’s Yom Ha-shoah program will also feature a dramatic reading of excerpts from Elie Wiesel’s ‘Night’, adapted for the stage by playwright Priscilla Kane Hellweg. This year’s service is dedicated to Elie Wiesel of blessed memory, whose recent passing deprived the world of one of its most eloquent and powerful witnesses to the Holocaust, as well as a voice of conscience to millions around the globe.