Holocaust Remembrance/Yom Hashoah Yellow Candle

2011 Yom Hashoah Memorial Candle Project

The Yom Hashoah Candle Project was instituted at Beth David since more than 15 years ago. It is our major fund raising project for each year. Since the past two years, we have changed the mode of delivery of the Yellow candles. Instead of personal delivery to the homes or residences of members, we hand these out personally to all members attending the Purim Services & Carnival. We repeat this also at the 8th day of Pesach after Yizkor is read.

2011 Essay Contest for Yom HaShoah Memorialization

With an effort to spread the issues of the Holocaust throughout the community, school children from the area were invited to submit written essays based on different annual topics dealing with the Holocaust. A panel of judges awarded prizes for each school level (elementary, middle and high school) entry. Awards were presented at the Yom Hashoah annual event. Our men's club has sponsored this event for the last two years.

2011 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 DayWeekend trip to Washington, DC and the US Holocaust Museum and Memorial.

2011 Yom HaShoah – The Unity of Community

On April 10, 2010 the Men’s Club of Congregation Etz Chaim held a candlelight vigil in observance of Yom HaShoah. 365 Yellow Candles were lit in the shul’s Holocaust Memorial Garden by nearly 150 attendees, and members of the Men’s Club remained throughout the night to guard the burning candles and remember the eleven million dead. But this night was only the culmination of a several week long project of rejuvenation of the Holocaust Memorial Garden, youth awareness, and community outreach to encourage remembrance of the Holocaust by all faiths.