Community-Wide Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at the MJCCA’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden

On Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 3:30-4:30 pm, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) will invite the entire community to come together for a special Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) commemoration ceremony at the MJCCA’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden, one of the preeminent Holocaust Memorials in the Southeast. The program will feature remarks from Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto. The program is free of charge, and will take place at the MJCCA, (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody). Rain or Shine. For information, visit www.atlantajcc.org, or call 678.812.4161.

Guest Speaker Author Tilar J. Mazzeo
The Yom HaShoah ceremony will feature a presentation by Ms. Mazzeo, author of Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto. The book is a gripping account of Irena Sendler, the “female Oskar Schindler,” who heroically helped children in Nazi-occupied Poland escape death and deportation during WWII.

Additional Yom HaShoah Program Highlights:
 Remember the victims of the Holocaust with readings and memorial prayers;
 Experience the lighting of six torches in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust;
 Meet Tilar J. Mazzeo, who will sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase at the program.

About Yom HaShoah
Yom HaShoah (also known as “Holocaust Martyrs’” and “Heroes’ Remembrance Day”) – “Shoah” is Hebrew for destruction, and is another name for the Holocaust. This day commemorates the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust. At the same time, it marks the anniversary of the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943. In Israel, a morning siren sounds, stopping all activity; people stand in honor of those who died. Jews around the world hold memorials and vigils, often lighting six candles in honor of the six million Holocaust victims.

About the MJCCA’s Yom HaShoah Commemoration (RAIN or SHINE) – (April 23, 2017)
Each year, a special, community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration is held at the Besser Holocaust Memorial
Garden at the MJCCA. Holocaust Survivor Abe Besser and his wife Marlene Gelertner Besser built this Memorial
to commemorate that horrific time, and to serve as a valuable teaching mechanism to remind and educate on what
hatred and indifference can do. The Yom HaShoah commemoration is co-sponsored by the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, The Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, and the MJCCA.

About The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA)
The MJCCA is committed to strengthening the quality of life throughout metro Atlanta, and is recognized as one of the most highly regarded Jewish community centers nationally. From preschoolers and adolescents, to young adults and seniors, the MJCCA offers unique and engaging programs, events, and services for every member of the community.

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Contact:

Rabbi Brian Glusman
(678) 812-4161
brian.glusman@atlantajcc.org