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1997 Memorial Breakfast

The Mishkan Tefila Brotherhood presented a Memorial Breakfast, concluding with responsive readings, remarks by the mayor, lighting of Yad Vashem Menorah candles by survivors and Yellow Candles by all others who wished, a special recitation by the cantor, and a musical portion featuring children from the Hebrew School. A survivor of Auschwitz related his story. The Brotherhood assembled an educational program booklet for distribution to the Hebrew School.

1995 50th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Camps

The Valley Beth Shalom Men’s Club ran a Friday night service in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the camps by the Allies. It featured a candle for each of six categories – those who perished, survivors, resisters, liberators, and our future (represented by grandchildren of survivors). Each candle had a speaker – mostly eye witnesses. The talks were linked with the Sabbath prayers by commentaries and songs.  The service attracted about 600 people, which was triple the usual attendance.

1993 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Men’s Club of Nevey Shalom used the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as the focus of it program. The entry describes how the Club conducted a year-long fund raising campaign involving the Yellow Candle Program, provided a tour of the Museum, and climaxed the campaign with a Men’s Club Shabbat dinner and service devoted to the Museum. All proceeds – nearly $7,000 – were contributed to the Museum.

1991 Yom Hashoah Program and Exhibit

The Beth Jacob-Beth Israel Men’s Club dispelled the often heard notion that only the big clubs have the capacity to present elaborate programs. Though having only 30 members, the Men’s Club sponsored a nineday Yom Hashoah program that included the distribution of candles, the presentation of an exhibit of Holocaust memorabilia, programs for children of the Religious School, special services, and a breakfast featuring Holocaust survivors.

2007 World Wide Wrap – Tefillin Wrap and Learn

Rather than running the typical World Wide Wrap (WWW) program, we asked our two Rabbis and a resident scholar to choose a Jewish, religious or historical topic of interest to them and deliver a 90 minute lecture. To enhance the learning experience, we invited the upper Hebrew School and High School students to join the adults at the session. Approximately 100 men, women, and teenagers participated in the morning’s activities The 2007 lectures were “From Sinai to the Siddur”, “Structure of the Siddur: A Practicum” and “A History of American Judaism.”

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