Holocaust Remembrance Service to Take Place on April 18th
Houston, TX – Yom HaShoah, the official day of
remembrance of the Holocaust, will be observed this year on Sunday,
April 18th at 7 p.m. in a service at Houston’s Congregation Emanu El.
The service will include a program entitled “The Search for Light:
Seeking Refuge from the Holocaust.”
The Yom HaShoah Steering Committee of Holocaust Museum Houston
invites the community to join in the observance of the day which will
include a performance by The Houston Cantorial Association and
narration of poetry and diary entries by local students. Holocaust
survivors and their families will participate in a candle lighting
ceremony and local Holocaust survivor, Inge-Ruth Fletcher, will relate
her story about her family’s search for safety during WWII.
Yom HaShoah, which in Hebrew means Day of the Holocaust, is a
day traditionally reserved for prayer and reflection. Yarzeit memorial
services are conducted on this day and Kaddish (a prayer said for those
who have died) is said to remember those who died unknown or those who
no longer have family to mourn them.
Holocaust survivor and committee co-chair Lea Weems reflects,
“In our time of incredible suffering, we found a ray of hope that we
would someday find happiness. The survivors of the Holocaust are
determined that the world will never forget and our annual Yom HaShoah
service is our way of passing the torch to future generations."
The date of Yom HaShoah, as proclaimed by the Israeli Knesset
in 1951, was chosen to coincide with the period begun with the first
day of Passover, which also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto
uprising, and the anniversary of the Israeli War of Independence. All
are invited to participate in the April 18th memorial service in
remembrance of those who perished in the Holocaust.
Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the
public of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the
backdrop of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and
education. Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and
is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline Street,
Houston, TX 77004. Its Internet address is http://www.hmh.org.
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