Holocaust Remembrance/Yom Hashoah Yellow Candle

1993 Candle-lit Yizkor Service

Temple Beth Haverim’s Men’s Club observed Erev Yom Hashoah with a candle-lit Yizkor service in memory of the six million Jews who were murdered during World War II, with an Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor in attendance. A Catholic priest expressed deepest sympathies on behalf of the hearts of humanity.  Representatives from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Beit HaShoah (Museum of Tolerance) were also present, and excerpts from the film Genocide were shown. Finally, the Men’s Club donated a more than 300-year old Holocaust Torah to the children of the congregation.

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.

2011 Temple Israel of Charlotte, NC—Yom Hashoah

After taking a year off, we returned to the FJMC Shoah candle program. We use the candle program to further strengthen the ties between our men and our youth, and to stand as an example for our community.  Our 6th grade class and their parents take a morning to prepare 700 candles for mailing to our congregation.  In return for this labor, the Men’s Club underwrites their Memorial Day Weekend trip to Washington, DC and the US Holocaust Museum and Memorial.

2005 Har Zion Men’s Club Holocaust Memorial/Yom Hashoah Candle Program

Har Zion Men’s Club conducts a highly successful Yom Hashoah Candle program in Phoenix and throughout Arizona (except Tucson) that results in the distribution of over 5000 candles by our club alone.  The funds and donations received through this program have been directed toward the establishment of a permanent Holocaust Memorial at Har Zion, and this year, the addition of a Survivor’s Wall to recognize Members and their family that survived this horror and served as a living memorial to assure that we will not forget what happened.

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