One of my website's readers, Walter Greenspan, was kind enough to write to me about the upcoming Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, which will fall on Tuesday, April 21, this year. Throughout Long Island, there will be events in remembrance of the tragedy of the Holocaust. These include:
- Sunday, April 19, Yom Hashoah program at the Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Court, Oceanside from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Hy Horowitz will share his memories of liberating a camp when he was a soldier years ago. The event is free and open to the community. Call (516) 766-4341 for more information.
- Sunday, April 19 at the Lake Success Jewish Center, 354 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, at 7:15 p.m., there will be a community-wide Yom Hashoah program with guest speaker Dr. Arthur Flug. The film Daniel's Story will be shown, and a discussion will be led by Holocaust survivor Hanne Liebmann.
- Monday, April 20, Congregation Beth Sholom, 390 Broadway, Lawrence, will host a Yom Hashoah commemoration for the community at 7:45 p.m. Professor Nechama Tec, author of Defiance, will be the keynote speaker. The program will include a survivor video testimony and a musical performance.
- Tuesday, April 21, there will be a community-wide Yom Hashoah commemoration, hosted by the Mid-Island Y JCC together with area synagogues, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The program will include guest speaker, author Sonia Pauline Beker, a musical performance, a Holocaust memorial candle lighting ceremony and recitation of Kaddish. The program is free and will be held at the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview. For more information, call 516-822-3535 x 320.
To learn more about the history and meaning of Yom Hashoah, go to Yom Hashoah.