Holocaust Programming in the Jewish Community
On Wednesday evening, May 1 and continuing through Thursday evening, May 2, the Jewish Community commemorates Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, with the “Reading of Names” program to be held at Chisuk Emuna Congregation, 3219 Green Street in Harrisburg. This meaningful program will begin at 7:30 pm with an opening service led by students from the Silver Academy and congregational Religious Schools. This will be followed by a vigil in which the names of those who perished during the Holocaust will be read continuously over a period of 24 hours.
“Unto Every Person There is a Name” seeks to dignify the memories of victims of the Shoah (the Nazi Holocaust) by reading their names aloud. These victims were stripped of their names by their oppressors and tattooed with numbers. Through the public reading of the names of Holocaust victims, this program strives to restore a portion of their humanity and to retrieve them from the lost depths of anonymity.
For more information on the observance or to schedule a time to read names, please contact Lillian Rappaport at the Jewish Community Center (717-236-9555, ext. 3402).