On April 19th we were fortunate to broadcast our community’s Yom HaShoah commemoration program on Zoom. It was an honor to feature child Holocaust survivor, Lex Silbiger. Lex spoke about his family’s brave escape from Holland in search of a safe haven. The talk included wonderful photographs and maps.
We also presented awards to 4 students who were the winners of this year’s poster competition. The theme of the contest was: Courage, Compassion and Hope: Lessons from the Holocaust. The contest was open to all middle and high school students in North Carolina. Requirements included not only drawing an original poster but also submitting an accompanying essay. Their work is praiseworthy and laudable.
Rabbi Daniel Greyber of Beth El Synagogue recited a beautiful kaddish and moving el mole rachamim.
I am sorry to report that large numbers of people could not attend the Zoom program because of a 100 person cap. The students who were to receive poster awards, school teachers and their students, several major donors to the speakers bureau, and Rabbi Greyber, were blocked from attending. In order to get Rabbi Greyber on the Zoom meeting, I quickly contacted family members and asked them to get off!
It hurts most to learn from teachers that they and their classes tried to join and were turned away. They are exactly the audience we strive to reach.
Thankfully, the program was recorded. You can view the program by emailing Rabbi Jen for the zoom link and password information.
Thank you for your continued support of our Center and speakers bureau.
I look forward to seeing you at next year’s commemoration, in person. Stay safe and healthy.”
-Sharon Halperin, Director at Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education