In light of recent events in troubled nations around the globe, it is important to educate ourselves and our children about the horrors of genocide and remember the victims. On Sunday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m., Congregation B’nai Israel will commemorate Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a dramatized reading of selections from Simon Wiesenthal’s book “The Sunflower.” This thought-provoking program, which will challenge the audience to define their beliefs about justice, compassion, and human responsibility, is being presented by members of the Rabbi Jack M. Rosoff Hebrew High School. The event is free and people of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to attend.
Simon Wiesenthal, a survivor of the Nazi death camps, dedicated his life to documenting the crimes of the Holocaust and to hunting down the perpetrators. In “The Sunflower,” Mr. Wiesenthal recalls the day that he was taken from his Nazi concentration camp work detail to the bedside of a dying member of the SS. Haunted by the crimes in which he had participated, the soldier wanted to confess to–and obtain absolution from–a Jew. Wiesenthal reacted, but years after the war, wondered if he had made the right choice. And he offers us the opportunity to ponder what we would have done in his place.
In addition to the readings, a short service commemorating the day will be conducted by Rabbi Jeff Sultar and Cantor Dov Goldberg.
CBI is located at 171 Ridge Road at the corners of Hance and Ridge Roads in Rumson. Serving the Jewish community for more than 92 years, the synagogue serves as a spiritual home for families throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties and provides religious education for preschoolers to adults and hosts social and civic functions for the community. For more information about CBI, visit www.cbirumson.org or www.cbirumson.org. For additional information about this or other events at the synagogue, please contact CBI Director, Emilie Kovit-Meyer at 732-842-1800 x203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.