In New Hampshire, people of faith dedicate April to Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), observed on various days throughout the month. Below are the many occasions for prayer, music, speakers and more. Local interfaith councils and Christian congregations support and promote these programs.
Even during our order to Stay At Home, there are two NH localities offering live streamed events:
- Manchester & Concord: April 20, 2020 6:00pm on Zoom with this link (Meeting ID: 947 650 44621and Password: 385834) hosted jointly by Temple Adath Yeshurun, Temple Beth Jacob and Temple Israel
- Nashua: Tuesday, April 21, 27 Nisan 5780, 5:45pm-6:45pm on Zoom with this link. We will hear the Nashua Interfaith Choir sing “Ani Ma’amin” (I Believe), through a mix put together from individual voices of choir members and from accompanists. Our speaker is Ruth Eisenberg. Ruth was married to Yechiel Eisenberg z”l, father of our congregant Elliot Eisenberg. She will talk about their stories and answer questions. After she speaks we will remain to light memorial candles and say Kaddish.
- Derry: Etz Hayyim Synagogue will host the program with details on the flyer below.
As you engage in these events, please reach out to your NH State Representatives to ask them to support SB727 requiring Holocaust and genocide education in our schools. This bill passed the NH Senate unanimously and will now make its way through the NH House of Representatives.
Drawing on the Bible, New Testament professor Dr. Clifton Black once wrote that the commandment to “Honor your father and your mother” (Deuteronomy 5:16) should urge Christians to do honor to their spiritual fathers and mothers in Judaism. This includes telling the truth about the Holocaust, participating in community remembrance to Never Forget and sharing in making Never Again a reality.
Yours in faith,
Rev. Jason Wells, Executive Director