This Sunday, April 7: Berkeley Yom HaShoah Commemorations
Yom HaShoah v'HaGevurah 5773
The Day of the Holocaust and the Resistance
Sunday, April 7, 7:00 pm at Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Ave., Berkeley
Congregation Netivot Shalom will host the Berkeley Jewish community's annual commemoration of YomHaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. The somber program will include song, reflection, testimonials and prayer. Our guest speaker this year will be Rita Kuhn, a Holocaust survivor, long-time Berkeley resident and member of congregation Beth Israel. Our annual service is jointly organized Congregations Beth El, Netivot Shalom and Beth Israel and is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation of the East Bay.
Please join us for the 11th Annual City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day Event on
Sunday, April 7 at 11:00 am at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life; 2121 Allston Way
"Surviving in the Shadows" Honoring survivors Sam Genirberg and Kathryn Winter Music bycomposer Aaron Blumenfeld
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
Parking is available at the Brower Center Garage on Kittredge St.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…