Yom HaShoah is an internationally recognized and respected event of solemn commemoration and will be observed in Houston beginning at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd. The service is free and open to the public.
The Yom HaShoah service is coordinated by the Yom HaShoah Steering Committee and Holocaust Museum Houston. This year?s event is co-chaired by Ruth Steinfeld and Sandy Lessig, with underwriting provided by the Morgan Family Endowment Fund, with special thanks to Continental Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.
This year?s service will feature responsive readings by narrator Ira J. Black, a popular arts lecturer and professor of fine arts at Houston Community College Northwest, with remarks by Asher Yarden, consul general of Israel in Houston.
Cantor Robert Gerber from Congregaton Beth Israel, Hazzan David Propis from Congregation Beth Yeshurun and and Cantor Vadim Tunitsky from Congregation Emanu El will perform, and Holocaust survivors from the Houston area will participate in a commemorative candle-lighting ceremony.
Yom HaShoah corresponds annually to the historical beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943. In 1951, the Israeli Knesset formally established the date as the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nisan. On the solar calendar, that date falls between late April and early May. Yom HaShoah is recognized around the world as a time to remember the victims of the Holocaust, many of whose date and place of death is still unknown.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston?s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.
For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.