The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 17, 2014

Holocaust Remembrance Day April 27

Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust Day of Remembrance, will be held Sunday, April 27, at the Carter Hall building on the UC-Beckley campus, located on South Kanawha Street.

Rabbi Scott Gellman and Rabbi Marina Tecktiel, both students at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, will conduct the service, which commemorates the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust.    

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the program begins at 1 p.m.

Gellman is serving the Beckley Jewish congregation this year at Temple Beth El and Tecktiel is serving the Bluefield Jewish congregation of Congregation Ahavath Shalom.

“This is a time to remember the catastrophe of the Holocaust,” Gellman said. “It’s also a time to remember the heroism.”

This year’s theme, “The Righteous Among the Nations,” was chosen in effort to recognize those who helped Jews survive the Holocaust.

While Gellman said Oskar Schindler (of the popular movie “Schindler’s List”) is the most famous of those who helped the Jews, thousands of others helped save Jewish lives by hiding them in their homes or helping transport them into safety.

The Kinder Transport, or child transport, helped Jewish families transport their children away from the Nazis, which Gellman said was analogous to the underground railroad.

Even though these individuals were not being persecuted themselves, they put their own lives at risk to help.

Gellman said this Day of Remembrance is free and open to the entire community — all ages and all faiths are welcome.

“I highly encourage everyone to attend. We’ll be talking about the relationship of Jews and non-Jews and how much the Jews owe to the non-Jews who helped during the Holocaust.”

This service will also pay tribute to Max Lewin, a Holocaust survivor, a Beckley businessman, philanthropist and long-time member of Temple Beth El until his death.

For more information, call Temple Beth El President Tom Sopher at 304-253-8441.

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