Join us for the 54th Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration.The event will honor Holocaust survivors living among us, remember those we have lost and celebrate their legacy.
This year's keynote presentation is the world premiere of a new, professional-quality film, Lives Restarted, made in Memphis and featuring local Holocaust survivors. Lives Restarted differs from other Holocaust films in that it focuses not on the persecution of Jews and the horrific tragedies that ensued, but primarily on the survivors' journeys to Memphis and the unique contributions and legacies that they ultimately built, thanks to a spirit of courage and resilience.
The program will also include the unveiling of the Nina Katz and Memphis Holocaust Survivors Legacy Sculpture, a glass sculpture honoring all 200+ Memphis survivors and created by local artist Brian Russell. Holocaust survivors Ruth Diamond, Nicole Lewis, Jeannine Paul, Nora Rothschild, Friderica Saharovici, and Freida Weinreich will participate in the candle lighting ceremony in memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Shoah. Community Cantors Rabbi Cantor David Julian of Or Chadash; Cantor Ricky Kampf of Baron Hirsch; Rabbi Cantor John Kaplan, Cantor Emeritus of Temple Israel; and Cantor Aryeh Samberg of Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth will sing a musical selection. Rabbi Cantor David Julian will chant the El Maleh Rachamim, and Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel will deliver closing remarks.
This annual commemoration program is sponsored by Memphis Jewish Federation and co-sponsored with the Memphis Jewish Community Center. Supporting the program are Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth Congregation, Baron Hirsch Congregation, Beth Sholom Synagogue, Chabad-Lubavitch of Tennessee, Facing History and Ourselves, Or Chadash Synagogue, Temple Israel and Young Israel of Memphis.