Communitywide Holocaust memorial service set for Sunday night

CHAMPAIGN — Sinai Temple in Champaign will hold a communitywide Yom HaShoah memorial service at 7 p.m. Sunday to commemorate the millions of victims of the Holocaust.

Rabbi Norman Klein said candles will be lit by Holocaust survivors, as well as children and grandchildren of survivors, to remember those who were lost during World War II.

Featured speaker for the service will be Chana Burstyn, a practicing psychiatrist and longtime member of Sinai Temple.

Her talk, “Surviving My Survival,” will focus on the complicated legacy of children of Holocaust survivors. Surviving for them was just the beginning of a longer journey of knowing their parents and their history and trying to work out their place in the world, Klein said.

Burstyn’s parents were from eastern Poland and survived the War in Russia, where she was born in a little village near Novosibirsk. The family eventually immigrated to Brooklyn, New York.

There will also be songs in English and Hebrew sung by a four-part choir. Sinai Temple member Jacqueline Ross, a trained singer, will sing three songs in Yiddish relevant to the Holocaust experience.

The service is open to anyone. The temple is at 3104 W. Windsor Road, C.
 
 

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