The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s annual Memorial Ceremony for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs welcomed more than 500 community members this past Sunday to bear witness to the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. This year’s theme, Anti-Semitism–Confronting the Longest Hatred, was expertly explored by guest speaker Kenneth Jacobson, deputy national director of the Anti-Defamation League. For the first time this year, each memorial candle was lit by a Holocaust survivor. Also new this year: A number of organizations made donations to the Jewish Federation for Holocaust education programs instead of purchasing wreaths.
Prior to the ceremony, more than 200 students and teachers from 16 local synagogue schools and Hebrew high schools participated in the Dorothy Freedman Memorial Conversation With a Survivor program to talk directly with Holocaust survivors. For more information on the Jewish Federation’s Holocaust education programs, visit jewishphilly.org/holocaust or contact Beth Razin at [email protected] or 215-832-0536.