The Yom Hashoah Committee has been working on our annual Commemoration to the Holocaust, to the victims and survivors, and all ways our lives and our world has changed as a result. The morning will include a service, memorial video, music, and presentation by a survivor. You can view and print a copy of the Yom Hashoah service here.
Celia Kener will be speaking during our program. Celia Kener was born in 1935 in Lvov, Poland. When the Germans invaded in 1941, life totally changed. Her father was drafted into the Russian army while the rest of her family moved into the ghetto. Celia’s mother was selected for a labor camp and was periodically brought in to visit the family on weekends. Her mother found a childless Catholic couple and promised her daughter to them because she didn’t think that she would survive. Celia was eventually reunited with her mother. The family was liberated by the Russians. Her father escaped the Russian army to an Uzbekistan Displaced Persons camp under an assumed name and survived. Celia and her parents came to the US in 1949.
We will not have our usual schmooze, life cycle or announcements during this program, but we will look forward to catching up with people at the next KB Sunday.
During the service, we will share a list of names of some people who perished in the Holocaust. In the past we handed out armbands with those names on it. Since we are unable to do that in a remote service, we invite people to write down a few names from this list and have them nearby during the service. You can see the list here.
We will be lighting and extinguishing candles during the service in memory of all who suffered and all who died. If anyone is interested in doing the same, please have a candle and matches available for their use during the service.