For Jews, remembering is a sacred task both as individuals and as a community. For us, memory serves the purpose of connecting us with our past and strengthening us on our journey into the future.
Remembering the darkness of the Holocaust is perhaps the most important act of remembrance of our time. We should consider ourselves obligated to remember the Six Million victims of Hitler’s war against our people in the same way that we consider ourselves obligated to fast on Yom Kippur or take part in a Passover Seder.
I am asking you to fulfill the mitzvah of remembering at our community’s annual Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance service. This year’s service will take place on Sunday, May 1 at 4:00 PM at Oheb Shalom. The service is attended by hundreds of people of all faiths. Because we are the hosts of this year’s event, it is especially important that members of our congregation are present in significant numbers.
I also ask you to take part in the March of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 PM at Spiotta Park (located at the corner of South Orange Avenue and Village Plaza near the Chase Bank). The march will be led by members of the South Orange-Maplewood Clergy, who will offer prayers and readings on the theme of support for refugees.
Please park on side streets surrounding the synagogue, as our parking lot will be reserved for those for whom walking is difficult. If you wish, you may drop off passengers at the main entrance to our building and then park off premises. You will be able to enter the building through the glass doors on the street level entrance until the start of the service at 4:00 PM.
I look forward to seeing you at this year’s Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Service.
P.S. I hope you will join in the celebration of the final days of Passover. We usher in the seventh day with an evening service tonight (Thursday, April 28) at 6:15 PM. Morning services for the seventh day will take place on Friday, April 29 beginning at 9:45 AM. Evening services for Shabbat and the eighth and final day of Passover will take place on Friday at 6:15 PM. And services for the final day of Passover will take place on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 9:45 AM, during which the Yizkor prayers will be recited. After Shabbat ends eat as much Chametz as you want! Chag Sameach!