Carry the torch MONROE. The Holocaust is remembered by the Joint Yom Hashoah Committee of Monroe Temple and Congregation Eitz Chaim.
Photo by Judy Ronay
Henry Galler was the main speaker at the the 2019 Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance Commemoration Program. He recounted the story of his survival during the Holocaust.
On Wednesday, May 1, the Joint Yom Hashoah Committee of Monroe Temple and Congregation Eitz Chaim presented the 2019 Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance Commemoration Program: Children Carry the Torch. The courage of his mother The main speaker, Henry Galler, recounted his story of survival during the Holocaust. He was born in Luxembourg and as a young child, Henry, journeyed with his family through France and Portugal via the Pyrenees, and ultimately to America. He spoke about villagers protecting his Jewish identity from the Nazi occupiers and the courage of his mother, who hid and shielded her children by finding them refuge from the horrors of war. Galler used maps and humor to illustrate and carry us through his journey. Remembering Evelyn and Ruth The program included memories of Evelyn Marshak and Ruth Sussman, long time committee members, who recently passed away. Both women dedicated tireless energy and hours creating educational and inspirational Yom Hashoah programs. Yellow tapered candles were lit by survivors: Cantor George Lindenblatt and Henry Galler and by children of Survivors and committee members: Judi Berman, Sharon Goldberg, Doris Kassover, Lea Kaufer-Morganstein, Jonathan Shafran, Jake Ehrenreich, Karen Pomerantz, Michael Boms and Judy Ronay. Rabbi Ross led the service and spoke about Antisemitism in a historical context. Music was played by Julia and Andrew Grunes, Donna Kushner and Nina Rubin. Sam Maddelena, a student at Monroe Temple, read and expressed the importance of "carrying the torch" of continuity.