Yom Hashoah V'Hagvurah on May 1

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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, May 1 at 7:00 pm at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation (27501 Fairmount Blvd in Pepper Pike). This annual event is free and open to the community.

The commemoration will feature a procession of 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 can participate in a “March of Generations” to signify that Jewish life continues after the Holocaust. Holocaust educators will also be recognized for their important work in keeping the memories of the Holocaust alive

Additionally, as part of Holocaust education curriculum, local schools entered the Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah Creative Arts Contest, where students created original poems and visual arts pieces to incorporate this year’s theme, “What Happened After,” which explored the new path that Holocaust survivors took toward rebuilding their lives. The 2019 winners are:

Visual Arts – High School:

  • 1st Place: Elizabeth Poole (Saint Joseph Academy)
  • 2nd Place: Ashley Carey (James A. Garfield High School)
  • 3rd Place: Madison Wilson (Saint Joseph Academy)

Visual Arts – Middle School:

  • 1st Place: Emery Fleischer (Miller South)
  • 2nd Place: Eva Ptahia (Fuchs Mizrachi School)
  • 3rd Place: Kirsten Horner (Miller South)

Writing – High School:

  • 1st Place: Orly Einhorn (Beachwood High School)
  • 2nd Place (tie): Kyleigh Grandon (James A. Garfield High School) and Adina Firestone (Chaviva High School)
  • 3rd Place: Sarah Fullerton (Beachwood High School)

Writing – Middle School:

  • 1st Place: Michal Pollak (Fuchs Mizrazhi School)
  • 2nd Place: Tehila Kahn (Fuchs Mizrazhi School)
  • 3rd Place (tie): Avner Baskin and Sigal Baskin (Fuchs Mizrachi School)

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

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