Julie Kohner has brought Voices of the Generations to the east central New Jersey area with programs commemorating Yom Ha Shoah.
Speaking at B’Nai Israel on Tuesday April 30, Rabbi Bayar made mention that this Yom Ha Shoah service was the first time that a survivor was not available to speak, making the point that survivors are growing fewer in numbers, and that it has become more critical for their children to carry on the legacy of the Holocaust.
Rabbi Tobin of B’nai Shalom in West Orange, NJ also shared his views on this Yom Ha Shoah of the importance of not shielding our Jewishness in light of the recent synagogue tragedies in Poway, CA and Pittsburgh, PA.
In the context of remembering the Holocaust, sharing stories of our survival as a people, speaking to congregations on this Yom Ha Shoah makes this all the more evident that survivors experiences must continue to be shared as a collective means to remember that hate takes many forms yet always manifests itself for what it is.
Many thanks to Rabbi Bayar of B’Nai Israel in Milburn and Rabbi Tobin of B’nai Shalom in West Orange, NJ for bringing Voices of the Generations to their congregations in honor of this Yom Ha Shoah.