Yom HaShoah Commemoration and "Reading of the Names" at WES Sunday night, April 23
"SURVIVING AUSCHWITZ: PRISONER No. A26188," 8 PM. Our annual observance begins with a showing of "Surviving Auschwitz," an hour-long documentary describing the story of survivor Henia Bryner, at 8 PM. Born into a middle-class Jewish family, Henia lost her father, brother and sister during the German occupation; Henia survived, and tells her story in this moving film.
YOM HASHOAH SERVICE, 9 PM. The film will lead into our powerful annual Yom HaShoah service of remembrance, including yizkor candle-lighting, poems, and songs. We will again symbolically use the Holocaust Torah rescued from Prague by the Kolodny-Amon family and restored by the Starr-Siegel family.
"READING OF THE NAMES," 10 PM. Following the service, members of Upper West Side congregations will be coming to WES for the annual recitation of the names of those we lost in the Shoah. The reading begins at 10 pm, with a half-hour of names read by rabbis of the UWS; from 10:30-11 pm, WES members will take turns reading names. If you have never done this before, it is a quietly moving experience, and one you'll long remember.
Members of other UWS Jewish communities will continue reading names throughout the night until dawn. The reading of the names will continue throughout the day on Monday, April 24, from 9 am - 6 pm at the JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street, in the 7th floor Beit Midrash. All are welcome.