Jacksonville's annual Yom Hashoah event slated for May 1st at Beth El – The Beaches

 

BY RABBI MICHAEL MATUSON
Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue

 

                This year, as we observe Yom Hashoah, the entire community is invited to join the congregation at Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue, where attendees will hear from keynote speaker Professor Eric Kligerman. The event is scheduled for Sunday May 1 from 4-6 p.m. at Beth El, located at 288 Roscoe Blvd. N. in Ponte Vedra. Dr. Kligerman serves on the faculty at the University of Florida, and teaches and lectures frequently on subjects relevant to Holocaust studies. He is one of the principal instructors in the University’s Holocaust Certificate Program. Kligerman received his PhD from the University of Michigan in the spring of 2001, and then spent several years studying in Germany at the University of Freiburg on a Fulbright Fellowship. His research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century German literature, philosophy and visual arts, and he is especially interested in German-Jewish literature and Holocaust studies.
                This year’s observance of Yom Hashoah will also include the distinct privilege of hearing from some of the survivors from the tragedy, as crucial to keeping the memory of the Shoah alive is listening to the reflections of those who have lived through it.