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.

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.