Carry the torch

MONROE. The Holocaust is remembered by the Joint Yom Hashoah Committee of Monroe Temple and Congregation Eitz Chaim.


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  • 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.




  • Photo by Sharon Jenning Members of the Joint Yom Hashoah Committee of Monroe Temple and Congregation Eitz Chaim are: Jonathan Shafran, Judi Berman, Lea Kaufer-Morganstein, Doris Kossover, Sharon Goldberg and Judy Ronay.




  • Photo by Judy Ronay Monroe-Woodbury students Julia and Andrew Grunes were among those who performed the program.




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.


Monroe 'As Americans, we can not cower'

Judy Ronay, a child of Holocaust survivors, presented the introduction at the 2019 Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance Commemoration Program: Children Carry the Torch. Here are her comments:
My parents would be saddened but not shocked by the recent violent attacks against the Jewish community in the US, which, according to a study by the ADL, doubled in 2018. They always warned me that another Holocaust could happen, and I scolded them and repeated my Zionistic mantra, ‘Not as long as we have Israel and live in America. Never again’.
But our current political climate, the instigation of fear of the ‘other’ and the prevalence of automatic weapons, create a culture of destruction and Antisemitism.
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who had his fingers blown off by the gunman in Poway and continued to usher his congregants to safety and pray for peace, spoke about connections from the Shoah to the recent assaults and murders in synagogues, mosques and churches.
He said: ‘The constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of religion for all ... we are so lucky and fortunate to live here in a country that protects our rights to live as proud Jews … we’re still recovering from the holocaust and we found a haven to live as free people. And yet we’re being mowed down like animals just like (war) Nazi Germany. And this has to stop. A little bit of light pushes away a lot of darkness. We need a lot of light now. Terrorists will not win. As Americans, we can not cower in the face of this senseless hate that is in anti-Semitism.’
Having grown up in a nurturing, productive and loving circle of survivor family and friends, it was impossible to imagine how difficult a task it would be to find survivors who are willing and able to share their memories with us now. Even survivors who were children, at the time of the Shoah are few in number, so we are truly grateful to have Mr. Galler and Cantor Lindenblatt.




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