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Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington’s annual community Holocaust commemoration in Maryland will be held at our Julia Bindeman Suburban Center on Sunday, April 23. Join us at 2:30 pm for the Community Commemoration, "Displaced Persons - Struggles to Find a Home." Holocaust survivor Marsha Tishler will reflect on her experience in World War II displaced persons camps and share insights that will help inform today's refugee crisis. From 1:30 - 5:00 pm, attendees can participate in an afternoon of events with meaningful opportunities to reflect, remember, connect, and support.

Round-trip bus transportation from Temple to JBSC is available for this event. The bus will depart at 12:45 pm and will return at 5:00 pm. Please contact Marsha Humphries, 202-895-6303, to reserve your place.

1:30 – 5:30 pm Art & Artifacts Exhibit

Montgomery College Foundation’s Portraits of Life Exhibit with photographs and personal stories of Holocaust survivors who witnessed evil then turned their backs on hatred to tell their stories. Submissions of Holocaust-related memorabilia, research, and artwork by survivors, youth, and members of the community are also welcome. Contact Sonia Beekman, JCRCExhibits@gmail.com, for details.

1:30 – 2:30 pm Dor V’Dor Dialogue with Survivors & Unto Every Person There Is a Name

You are invited to spend time with local Holocaust survivors to hear their living testimony of survival and triumph. The names of children and adults who perished in the Holocaust will also be read as part of the annual worldwide name reading coordinated by B’nai B’rith International. Names of loved ones may be submitted or brought to the service to be read and remembered.

2:30 – 4:00 pm Community Commemoration & Keynote Presentation

Holocaust survivors will be recognized during a candle lighting ceremony. The commemoration also includes Kaddish, reflection, music, poetry, and a memorial to the destroyed communities of Europe. Holocaust survivor Marsha Tishler will reflect on her experience in World War II displaced persons camps and share insights that will help inform today's refugee crisis.

2:30 – 4:00 pm Interactive Teen Program

Teens will meet with a Holocaust survivor and current refugee to understand their struggles to find a home. The discussions will be followed by teen-led commemorative activities.

For more information, go to jcouncil.org or call the JCRC at 301-770-0881.

Organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.

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