Gentlemen, Shalom! Good evening!
Jewish occasions and history are marked by the mix of the sweet and the bitter. At weddings, we break a glass to remember the destruction of the Temple. And this evening is no different. As we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of men in our ______________ congregation(s), it is also a date for remembrance.
Tonight marks the _______ anniversary (current year – 1938) of Kristallnacht, the Night of Shattered Glass, also known as the Novemberpogrom.
Kristallnacht was the start of the Shoah. On the night of November 9th, 1938, Nazi thugs conducted the first state-sponsored nationwide pogrom against the Jews. On one evening, 1700 synagogues were ransacked. 300 shuls were burned. 7500 Jewish businesses were vandalized. 30,000 Jews were arrested and taken away to concentration camps. And at least 96 Jewish souls (z”l) were lost in the sanctification of God's name.
All of us know about the FJMC's Yom Hashoah Yellow Candle program. Tonight, I ask each and everyone present to make a commitment to run a Yellow Candle effort this year and reach out to other Jewish institutions in your community. Educate them about the value of remembrance through this one, simple home observance. Our theme this year is “Light a Candle, Preserve a Memory”.
This year, FJMC has established a new lower price only available through the region. NNJR is also making available a new flier which will make it easy for you to promote this program to others. Copies are available tonight. Take one home or download copies at www.yellowcandles.org.
As we remember Kristallnacht this evening, we will light six Candles in memory of the victims of the Shoah. ZACHOR! REMEMBER! G’DANK! THANK YOU!
I ask the following six men to light one candle, for each of the Six Million.
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