The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

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.

— E-mail:

Text Only
Local News
  • Jury trial set in Bob Graham case

    Robert E. “Bob” Graham, the former executive director of the Wyoming County Council on Aging and All-Care Home and Community Services Inc., will be back in U.S. District Court in Bluefield this October for a trial to recover consequential damages for aggravation and inconvenience from National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., the insurance company that provided him coverage when he served as director of the two agencies.

    July 25, 2014

  • Calendar — Friday, July 25, 2014

    July 25, 2014

  • Kids drama camp dips into the acting bug

    Some kids growled and grumbled. Others complained about the stories they heard. A few wore pig noses. Grandpa nearly fell asleep.

    July 25, 2014

  • Sewage treatment plant project clears another hurdle

    Ronceverte’s planned construction of a new sewage treatment plant cleared another regulatory hurdle with the expiration Wednesday of a 20-day waiting period at the state Public Service Commission.

    July 25, 2014

  • Saints arrive 1 Saints march into ‘Almost Heaven, W.Va.’

    At 3:54 p.m. Wednesday afternoon the New Orleans Saints’ chartered flight touched the ground at the Greenbrier Valley Airport, and Greenbrier County officially became “Who Dat?” Country. INCLUDES TOUT VIDEO.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Broadband panel eyes access to rural areas

    The West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council met far outside its typical Charleston venue Wednesday to hear issues about Internet speeds in some of the state’s most rural regions.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lewisburg official says fuel spill contained, drinking water safe

    Lewisburg’s public works director is confident that a Tuesday afternoon fuel spill 60 miles upriver from the city water system’s intake has been contained and the water is safe to drink.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lewisburg keeping eye on gas spill

    Mayor John Manchester said Tuesday night it was in the city’s best interest that officials proceed with caution to reports of a diesel spill farther up the Greenbrier River because “we wouldn’t want to run into an Elk River challenge here."

    July 24, 2014

  • NCCC team brings its skills to work in Hinton

    William Custus, 20, of Washington, and Sabree Koonce, 21, of Leavenworth, Kan., have spent the summer making West Virginia beautiful.

    July 24, 2014

  • Cyclist injured in accident

    A cyclist was injured on a trail near the Gauley River when she fell from her bike to avoid a tree branch.

    July 24, 2014