Yom HaShoah – 2020

How does one mourn six million people who died? How many candles does one light? How many prayers does one recite? Do we know how to remember the victims, their solitude, their helplessness? They left us without a trace and we are their trace.

-Elie Wiesel

In year's past, we've come together to remember because we love each other and honor life. 

This year, we remain apart yet remember because we love each other and honor life.

Please join us for a virtual, yet no-less powerful, Yom HaShoah commemoration.

Sunday, April 19th at 7pm: Yom HaShoah Program Featuring Judy Marx

This year's Yom HaShoah commemoration begins with voices of the next generation. Two of our community's teens, Abe Goldstein and Alex Reich, who were scheduled to be in Poland this year to commemorate the Shoah, will share some thoughts on how they view their role in our collective responsibility to remember.

Our featured speaker  is Judy Marx.  Judy will share her story as a "2nd generation" survivor, as well as her father's story who was a Holocaust survivor. As part of the program, she will read excerpts from her father's memoir, published in honor of his 90th birthday. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end.

Monday, April 20th at 7pm: Yom Hashoah service featuring Walter Ziffer

Join your community for a service of remembrance. The powerful service will feature music, prayers, and candle lighting woven together to create a meaningful opportunity for us as a community to reflect and accept our collective responsibility to honor and share the stories of the Holocaust. The service will include remarks from survivor and CBI member, Dr. Walter Ziffer.  

Walter, born in 1927 in Czechoslovakia, survived multiple camps during the Holocaust. After the war, he received an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, two master's degrees from the Graduate School of Theology of Oberlin College and a doctorate in theology from the University of Strasbourg. He is the author of many books including Confronting the Silence: A Holocaust Survivor’s Search for God.He speaks regularly throughout Western North Carolina regarding his experiences throughout the Holocaust.