WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester’s annual Countywide Yom HaShoah-the “Day of Remembrance,” commemorating more than 11 million victims of Nazi genocide, including six million Jews, will kick off with the sounding of a shofar and a procession of over 25 rescued Torahs now housed in Westchester area synagogues.
Larchmont resident Esther Geizhals, who survived three concentration camps, and County Executive Rob Astorino will address more than 200 children and adults at the Garden of Remembrance in White Plains, Monday, April 24 at noon.
The annual Westchester Countywide Yom HaShoah commemoration is sponsored by the Westchester Jewish Council (WJC) and the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center (HHREC).
The Holocaust Torah procession will be followed by a candle lighting ceremony and musical selections by the Westchester Day School choir. A representative from the Westchester Board of Rabbis as well as a cantor from Kol Hazzanim – the Cantors of Westchester will also take part in the ceremony.
HHREC Chairperson Valerie Moore O’Keeffe will deliver the opening remarks. Closing remarks will be delivered by WJC President Paul B. Warhit. The Garden of Remembrance is located at 148 Martine Avenue, opposite the White Plains Galleria.
“This is one of the most important programs we, in partnership with the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center, run each year," said Elliot Forchheimer, Executive Director, Westchester Jewish Council. ”In the current climate of hate and bias crimes, it is so important to remember and ensure such atrocities never happen again.”
For more information, contact Pam Goldstein, Assistant Executive Director, Westchester Jewish Council, 914-328-7001. www.wjcouncil.org , or Millie Jasper, Executive Director, Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center, 914-696-0738, www.hhrecny.org .