Yom Hashoah V'Hagvurah on April 11

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An estimated 770 Holocaust survivors live in the Cleveland area. Our community will honor these survivors and remember those who perished during the Holocaust at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and Kol Israel Foundation’s Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah. Join us on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 pm at Park Synagogue Main, 3300 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights. This annual event is free and open to the community.

Rabbi Joshua Skoff will provide the keynote address at the commemoration, which will feature Torah scrolls from Europe that survived the Holocaust. Survivors will join their families in lighting candles in memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Children attending the service will be able to participate in a “March of the Generations” to signify that Jewish life continues after the Holocaust.

Additionally, as part of Holocaust education curriculum, local schools entered the Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah Creative Arts Contest, where students were invited to create original poems and visual arts pieces to incorporate this year’s theme, “Finding the meaning in broken glass: Reflections on Kristallnacht.” The 2018 Creative Arts Contest winners are:

Visual Arts – High School:

  • 1st Place: Julia Libbey (Saint Joseph Academy)
  • 2nd Place: Mary Chura (Saint Joseph Academy)
  • 3rd Place: Zoe Winger (Beachwood High School)

Visual Arts – Middle School:

  • 1st Place: Ella Jo Rosenberg (Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School)
  • 2nd Place: Rachel Portner (Fuchs Mizrachi School)
  • 3rd Place: Cate Rukin (Orchard Middle School)

Writing – High School:

  • 1st Place: Caillean Galayde (James A. Garfield High School)
  • 2nd Place: Chad Angermeier (James A. Garfield High School)
  • 3rd Place: Jesse Marderwald (James A. Garfield High School)

Writing – Middle School:

  • 1st Place: Eva Ptahia (Fuchs Mizrazhi School)
  • 2nd Place: Emmie Fremont (Fuchs Mizrazhi School)
  • 3rd Place: Atara Wiesen (Fuchs Mizrazhi School)

For more information or to register, please visit http://www.jewishcleveland.org.

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