Yom Hashoah Commemorated at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

Monday, April 19, 2010

The HUC-JIR/Jerusalem community observed Yom Hashoah with programs jointly planned by the students in the Year-In-Israel Program students and Israel Rabbinical Program. The  day began with Shacharit services led by YII students Matt Zerwekh and Andy Dubin, with cantorial student Steven Long.  The sermons reflecting on Holocaust remembrance were presented by YII student Jeremy Simons and IRP student Merav Kalush.  The YII Choir performed a moving rendition of “Ani Maamin.”  IRP students Gila Kane and Esteban Gottfried organized a unique and powerful ceremony, open to the public, which was based on David Roskies’s “Nightwords – a Midrash on the Holocaust.”  It included the reading of the names of relatives of participants who perished in the Holocaust.  A day of study followed, during which students and faculty offered study sessions in Hebrew or in English on 16 topics, ranging from music and poetry of the Shoah and particular geographical communities during the Holocaust, to text study on theological and educational questions. "This intensive, cooperative venture linking stateside and Israeli students demonstrated that more opportunities for shared experience and learning should be planned in the future," stated Dr. Marc Rosenstein, Director, Israel Rabbinical Program.


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