2003 Memorial Garden

This program used stones salvaged from the Warsaw Ghetto as a basis to build a Memorial Garden on synagogue grounds as a reminder of the Holocaust. Funds received provide an on-going educational program for students and visitors.

2001 Memorial Garden

By using the funds generated through the FJMC’s Yellow Candle program, the Men’s Club of Congregation Beth Judea was able to successfully design, fund, and build a permanent outdoor memorial garden that will serve to remind generations of those killed in the Holocaust.

1999 Holocaust Memorial

Candle donations were used to erect a Holocaust memorial in the synagogue lobby. The wall-sized sculpture is constructed from sand-blasted glass with a ray of light emanating from its dark interior. More than 300 people attended a moving unveiling ceremony, which included solemn readins of victims’ names.

1999 Holocaust Education

This two-part program taught adults and youth about the Holocaust as well as about the tragic conditions of survivors following the war. The program involved the showing of the Oscar-winning film, “The Long Way Home,” followed a month later by a brunch with a Survivor from the film as the guest speaker. The film was also shown to the Confirmation class.

1997 Youth Mission to Washington, DC

The Temple Israel Men’s Club distributed more than 650 Yellow Candles to congregants and raised more than $3200 to help fund their first annual Youth Mission to Washington, DC. The pre-B’nai Mitzvah class and their parents processed the candles for mailing, created posters, and participated in the community Holocaust Memorial Service. Over Memorial Day weekend, 26 students and 20 parents traveled to Washington and toured the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and other sites.

1995 Further-Reaching Education Vehicle for the Congregation

The Beth Shalom Men’s Club expanded it Yellow Candle program into a further-reaching education vehicle for the congregation and the community. It was augmented by tying Yom Hashoah with Men’s Club Shabbat, by bringing in a speaker on pre-Holocaust German psychology, and by working with our Holocaust Committee and library to create a week-long program. The program and exhibits were successful attractions, and the Club raised a substantial amount of money for the Temple Holocaust Memorial.

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.

2007 Come Wrap With Us!

Summary: Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club (“BJMC”) hosted its annual World Wide Wrap (“WWW”) on February 4, 2007. The overall goal of the program is, consistent with FJMC objectives, to encourage the Congregational community to become more involved in fulfilling the mitzvah of te’fillin.