Last night I had the honor of participating in the Chapman Holocaust Memorial Program. This 10th anniversary of this evening to remember brought over 100 survivors, their families and the community together to share together in a touching evening filled with music and stories reminding us of the importance to always remember.
I was honored to lead the reflections for the evening before six memorial candles were lit by survivors who were accompanied by distinguished students from Chapman University as well as the winners of the annual Holocaust Writing Contest.
I was proud that once again our Brotherhood provided the Holocaust Memorial Candles for the evening. These are the same candles we all received in the mail a couple of weeks ago so that we might light them in our homes this week in memory of the six million Jews, ten million individuals, who were killed during the Holocaust.
I would like to encourage each of us to consider doing two things:
1. If you have no lit your candle yet, even if it’s still in the box, please, light your Holocaust memorial candle. Even though Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day has passed, it is imperative that each of us take the flame of memory into our home and our hearts.
2. Our Brotherhood relies on donations to off-set the cost of providing each of us with these candles. They then take any proceeds from these candle donations to support our youth in such areas as subsidizing retreats and youth events. Please, click here and make a donation of any amount to support our Brotherhood and the work they do for not only our congregation, but our community as well.