On this page, you'll find a 'wealth' of samples and materials which you can use for your club's program within the congregation. Be creative, and adapt them to fit your congregation and club's needs and its own personality.
- Rabbi Appeal Letters
- D'var Torah on the Shoah
- Shavuot Letter
- D'var Torah on Thanksgiving (about the Shoah)
- Sample Fund Raising Letter
- Sample Bimah Announcement
- Lighting Poem
- Candle Lighting Meditation
- Sample Letter One (from Rabbi Jim Rosen, Beth El Temple, West Hartford, CT)
- Sample Letter Two (from Rabbi Carl Wolkin, Congregation Beth Shalom, Northbrook, IL)
- Sample Letter Three (from Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, Beth El, Highland Park, IL)
- Sample Letter Four
- Sample Letter Five
- Sample Letter Six
- D'var Torah (on the Shoah) (given in January of the year)
The Shavuot request letter is sent to everyone in your congregation / group that received a candle from your club, that did not donate.
- Why? Shavuot is another holiday when it is customary to make donations.
- This request letter should go out under the name or names of the Yellow Candle chairman.
The letter is two files. A Word document, which is merged with an Excel file, the list of the congregants. The letter for Shavuot can be downloaded by this link. The excel file to implement this idea can be downloaded by this link. If you have any questions or problems using any of the above, contact Marty Melnick at Marty.Melnick@gmail.com
- D'var Torah for Thanksgiving (on the Shoah)
- Sample Fund Raising Letter (in MS Word format)
Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, will be observed this year on 28 Nisan, 5774, corresponding to __ (insert secular date here)___.
Our Men's Club, in cooperation with the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, will provide congregants with materials for personal observance on Yom HaShoah. This year, a special Yellow Candle™ made in Israel will again be delivered to homes in our community. This is the ____st year that our synagogue has participated in the FJMC Yellow Candle™ program.
Please join with members of Jewish communities all over America. On ___ (day of week that holiday begins)___ night ___(date)__, light a Shoah Yellow Candle™ in memory of a victim of the Holocaust.
Light the candle to honor those in America's armed forces and the IDF who safeguard our liberties. Light the candle in memory of all victims of terrorism. Put the candle in your window as a reminder that, if we ever forget, another Holocaust will descend upon us again like another plague of darkness.
- This poem was created by the son of a Men's Club President to bring the message of the Yellow Candle and Holocaust Remembrance to a younger generation. It would make a fitting enclosure to include with each of the candles your club distributes. To download, click here.
As I light this Yellow Candle, I vow never to forget the lives of the Jewish men, women, and children who are symbolized by this flame. They were tortured and brutalized by human beings who acted like beasts; their lives were taken in cruelty.
May we be inspired to learn more about our Six Million brothers and sisters as individuals and as communities, to recall their memory throughout the year, so that they will not suffer a double death.
May we recall not only the terror of their deaths, but also the splendor of their lives. May the memory of their lives inspire us to hallow our own lives and to live meaningful Jewish lives so that we may help to insure that part of who they were shall endure always.
- Written by Rabbi Jules Harlow. To download a Word Doc, with graphics, which can be customized by your club, click here.