Holocaust Day program Sunday at Sinai Temple
Sinai Temple in Champaign will host Yom Hashoah, also known as Holocaust Day or Remembrance Day, at 7 p.m. Sunday. The day of commemoration, inaugurated in 1953, honors the Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust.
This year's service and program feature music, liturgy and study. The program will examine the future of teaching about the Holocaust as the world faces a dwindling number of firsthand witnesses. Danny M. Cohen, a lecturer at Northwestern University, will speak on "Inheriting Memory: Facing the Future of Holocaust Education."
Also speaking will be teachers Valerie Munds of Barkstall Elementary School and Trina Wetzel of Franklin Middle School, who will talk about how Holocaust education has affected their teaching. After the program, guests will have an opportunity to view Holocaust-inspired writings and artwork by Munds' and Wetzel's students.
This service is sponsored by the Jack and Sadye Marco Holocaust Fund, the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation, the CUJF Holocaust Education Committee and Sinai Temple.
Alan Cook, rabbi of Sinai Temple, said, "We best honor the memories of those who perished when we tell and retell their stories."