The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV)’s Yom Hashoah commemoration will be held online on the evening of Wednesday, April 27.
JCCV executive director Judy Fetter said that due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, an online event was the most responsible option for the community.
“The safety and inclusion of survivors and their family members was our priority,” she said.
“An online event allows the JCCV to offer a dignified and solemn commemoration, and enables interested community, government representatives and supporters to participate with personal safety, confidence and convenience.”
The JCCV Yom Hashoah committee has chosen the focus of ‘Remembering Together’ for the commemoration to represent the unified solidarity of all Jewish people to never forget the atrocities of the Shoah across generations.
The program will include a testimony from survivor Charles German, historical narrative by Lena Fischman and Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn, readings by Rabbi Ralph Genende and musical numbers by Freydi Mrocki and Tomi Kalinski.
The six million Jews who perished will be recognised by the lighting of the six symbolic memorial candles by survivors alongside members of their families, with prayers recited by Dov Farkas. This year’s commemoration will also feature the involvement of Jewish secondary school students, a selection of direct statements by Jewish tertiary students, and a presentation by the Sholem Aleichem choir.
JCCV president Daniel Aghion said he believes Yom Hashoah is also important for the broader Australian community.
“The recent Gandel Holocaust Survey shows that the general Australian community lacks sufficient awareness of the Holocaust, and Australia’s connection to it as the recipient and beneficiary of vast numbers of Holocaust survivors,” he said.
“It points to the need for greater education. It is therefore critical that our community continues to publicly commemorate Yom Hashoah. We have a collective duty to ourselves and to the world at large to remember.”
The commemoration will begin at 7.30pm.
To register: Follow the links at jccv.org.au
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