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Palo Alto teens learn about human rights abuse prevention by honoring Holocaust survivors

2017-04-05 Print
 

If the legacy of the Holocaust means anything, it's about standing up for what is right when others are unwilling to do so. "Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere," said Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Prize-winning author and Holocaust survivor who passed away last year. Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah, the Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day, will be observed by the Oshman Family JCC and partners at a multigenerational event at Congregation Beth Am on April 23. The activities of the day, which are expected to draw more than 700, include song and prayer, examining the work of Elie Weisel and educating the next generation on universal human rights awareness and genocide prevention. This year, six teenagers who have interviewed living Holocaust survivors will present the survivors' stories to the audience. "It can be extraordinarily difficult for survivors to tell their stories in person," says Luba Palant, OFJCC Director of Community Engagement. "This is a way for young people to engage with survivors face-to-face and express their message for the next generation."

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WHO: Oshman Family JCC, Congregation Beth Am; Congregation Emek Beracha; Congregation Etz Chayim; Congregation Kol Emeth; Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School; Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; Jewish Family and Children’s Services; Jewish LearningWorks; Keddem Congregation; Kehillah Jewish High School; Oshman Family Jewish Community Center; Sequoia Chapter of Hadassah; South Peninsula Hebrew Day School

WHAT: The Oshman Family JCC and community partners will present the South Peninsula Yom HaShoah Service of Remembrance at Congregation Beth Am with readings by young people, songs, music and prayer to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.

WHERE: Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills, CA

WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 7:00–8:30 PM

HOW: This event is free. For more information, please visit paloaltojcc.org/yomhashoah.

 
Contact Info
Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Phone: 650-223-8663

Website: paloaltojcc.org/yomhashoah