The Jewish Community Center of West Hempstead, located at 711 Dogwood Avenue, will commemorate this year's observance of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on Sunday, April 18 with a special program, "Memories of the Shoah - Through the Eyes of Those we Know."
The free program, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the JCC, will include excerpts of videotaped interviews from Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, featuring several members of the congregation and community who have graciously consented to share their traumatic experiences and personal memories.
Members of the community at large, of all faiths and denominations, are invited to join with the JCCWH congregation to memorialize the martyrs of the Holocaust, to embrace the memories of the survivors and, in these times of international tensions and escalating religious and ethnic persecution, to stand together as a community in a reflective demonstration of solidarity, tolerance and respect.
Synagogues such as the JCC of West Hempstead feel it's important remember the unthinkable horrors of the Holocaust, memorialize those who perished and continue the conversation with those who survived, engage in the ongoing dialogue transcending faith and ethnicity, necessitates that the community comes together in prayer and observance.
For further information, contact the synagogue office at 481-7448.
The Elmont Jewish Center, Rosedale Jewish Center, Temple Gates of Zion, Congregation Tree of Life and Malverne Jewish Center will be participating in the Yom Ha'Shoah commemoration on Tuesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elmont Jewish Center, 500 Elmont Road. The featured speaker will be Manny Bekier, son of Holocaust survivors, born in a DP camp in Munich, Germany. His talk will focus on liberation and the aftermath of the Holocaust and will pick up where Schindler's List left off. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For questions and directions, call 488-1616.
The Franklin Square Jewish Center Retirees Group will be meeting on April 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the social hall of the Franklin Square Jewish Center Retirees Group, located at 47 Pacific Avenue in Franklin Square, for a Yom Hashoa program. The Franklin Square Jewish Center is located one block north of Hempstead Turnpike and one block west of the New Hyde Park Road-Franklin Avenue Intersection.