Holocaust Remembrance Day
On Thursday, April 19th, at 10:00 am, a 2-minute siren was heard throughout Israel in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Israel came to a stop as we paused to remember this dark and tragic period of our history - and the loss of 6 million of our extended family members who were murdered in Nazi Europe for one reason only - because they were Jews.
Together with our brothers and sisters in Israel, we - members of the Jewish People in every part of the world - pause on Yom HaShoa to honor the memory of the victims of this brutality. We say Kaddish and we sanctify, not only the name of God, but also the names of each and every family member who perished.
Yet, reciting Kaddish is not all we do to honor the memory of those who died in the Holocaust. We, the members of the World Union across the globe, remember the past even as we re-build the future of Jewish life in Europe. We in the World Union honor the victims of the Holocaust by erecting new synagogues in Germany, in Holland, in Poland and in Belarus.
May the memory of those who died in the Shoa be a blessing and an inspiration to build our future in Israel, in Europe and throughout the world. We honor the past by building the future.
On behalf of the World Union for Progressive Judaism,