The public is invited to "An Evening of Remembrance" Thursday, April 16 at 7 pm at Beth Judah Synagogue, Spencer and Pacific Avenues, in Wildwood, NJ. The event is sponsored by Beth Judah Kehillalh in conjunction with Stockton University's Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage.
Jane Stark, Executive Director of the Sam Azeez Museum, will introduce the program featuring Rosalie Simon, who survived Dr. Joseph Mengele as a child in Auschwitz , and Les Nelson, whose parents and maternal grandmother survived the Holocaust.
"Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day," known in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for approximately six million Jews and five million other individuals who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. Shoah means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew and is also known as the Holocaust, a Greek word meaning '"sacrifice by fire."
In Israel, it is a national Memorial Day and public holiday. Each year on the 27th of Nisan, a two-minute siren for silent devotion is sounded throughout the country and the entire State of Israel comes to a complete halt. There is no institutionalized ritual, date or time accepted by all communities in the United States to mark the occasion. However, many Jewish communities dedicate this day to memorials and somber reflection in remembrance of the millions of lives lost under Nazi persecution and as a way to raise awareness about anti-Semitism and inequality, both of which still persist today.