Community commemorates Yom Hashoah


Candle lighters for the ceremony each lit one candle to represent the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. From left were Gil Zilberman, 4th Generation and one of the JCRC of SNJ ShinShinim; Aaron Sauer, 3rd Generation and JCRC senior project coordinator; Marvin Raab, 2nd Generation and member of NJ Commission on Holocaust Education; Joel Fabian, Holocaust survivor; Inge Bass, Holocaust survivor; and Sam Feigenbaum, 2nd Generation. Photo by Marc Shenker.

Candle lighters for the ceremony each lit one candle to represent the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. From left were Gil Zilberman, 4th Generation and one of the JCRC of SNJ ShinShinim; Aaron Sauer, 3rd Generation and JCRC senior project coordinator; Marvin Raab, 2nd Generation and member of NJ Commission on Holocaust Education; Joel Fabian, Holocaust survivor; Inge Bass, Holocaust survivor; and Sam Feigenbaum, 2nd Generation. Photo by Marc Shenker.

On Sunday, May 5, JCRC’s Esther Raab Holocaust Museum and Goodwin Education Center hosted the community’s Annual Yom Hashoah Commemoration at Cong. Beth El in Voorhees. Hundreds of members of the community attended, both in-person and virtually. There were clergy members from across the community, along with dozens of Holocaust survivors and their children and grandchildren. Holocaust survivor Maud Dahme shared her painful story of survival during the Holocaust as a hidden Dutch child. She also emphasized the importance of continuing to share her story and other survivors’ stories for future generations. Dahme emphasized the importance of educating students, teachers, and community members about the horrors of the Holocaust to not only pass down these stories but to ensure that no one can deny that this time in history happened. Now more than ever, it is essential that everyone learn how and why the Holocaust happened, why we must never forget, and how we, as a society, can help to ensure that the hatred and antisemitism of that time, never happen again.

Holocaust survivor and Yom Hashoah Keynote Speaker Maud Dahme also lit a candle during the ceremony to honor the Righteous Rescuers, non-Jews who took great risks to save Jews during the Holocaust. Dahme and her sister survived the Holocaust because of the kindness and courage of others. Photo by Marc Shenker.

Holocaust survivor and Yom Hashoah Keynote Speaker Maud Dahme also lit a candle during the ceremony to honor the Righteous Rescuers, non-Jews who took great risks to save Jews during the Holocaust. Dahme and her sister survived the Holocaust because of the kindness and courage of others. Photo by Marc Shenker.

The South Jersey Men’s Club (SJMC) purchased and handed out hundreds of yahrzeit candles at the community Yom Hashoah commemoration for attendees to light when returning to their homes.

The South Jersey Men’s Club (SJMC) purchased and handed out hundreds of yahrzeit candles at the community Yom Hashoah commemoration for attendees to light when returning to their homes.