By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville
Yom Hashoah, Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day, was established in 1953 to commemorate the lives that were taken during the Holocaust.
Each year, one local synagogue hosts a community-wide observance for the day. This year, Congregation Ahavath Chesed – The Temple will host the Yom Hashoah service. Throughout the service, there will be certain readings and psalms read by area Rabbis, and the Cantor will sing a prayer. Survivors and family members will be invited to light candles to honor those who were lost.
Each year, there is a different centerpiece – a different speaker and type of program.
“This year is a really interesting program,” said Rabbi Matt Cohen of The Temple. “We will have a living room setup, a really nice, comfortable setup. We will have a panel of 3 generations – a Holocaust survivor, a child of a Holocaust survivor, and a grandchild of a Holocaust survivor which I think is going to be really powerful. I think the focus will certainly be on why it’s important to remember. I’m relaly looking forward to the third-generation piece because that’s the generation that’s most removed. The question is: How do we make those memories continue and last? That’s where the program is really going to hit home. How do we keep the memories alive?”
This event will take place Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m., at the Congregation Ahavath Chesed – The Temple (8727 San Jose Blvd.)