EREV YOM HASHOAH
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 * 7:30PM
This years observance of Yom HaShoah will be memorialized on the evening of Wednesday April 15th at 7:30 in our magnificent sanctuary.
Hazzan Perlman, Herb Dimmock, the Chizuk Amuno Professional Choir, and distinguished community leaders will present the Holocaust Cantata accompanied by Bethany Pietroniro.
The Canatata is based on research of original music sung by incarcerated inmates in Holocaust concentration camps.
The 40-minute cantata is an emotional, musical journey through one of the bleakest episodes in human history. Working from translations of original Polish materials found in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and starting with just a single line of melody, McCullough has fashioned a haunting choral tribute to the 6 million Jews who were systematically persecuted and murdered as well as to the millions of other individuals the Nazi Party classified as “undesirables,” including Poles, Romanian gypsies, homosexuals, transsexuals, political opponents, religious dissidents, the mentally ill and the physically disabled. What emerges from the insanity of one of history’s worst examples of man’s inhumanity to man is a sense of music’s life-affirming powers.
The congregation will also be blessed to host Heather Dune Macadam, the renowned author of “Rena’s Promise” a book about the life of Rena Kornreich and 998 other women who were rounded up and forced onto the first transport of women to Auschwitz.
AN EXPANDED EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED MEMOIR REVEALS NEW RESEARCH ON THE FIRST JEWISH TRANSPORT TO AUSCHWITZ—THE WOMEN THAT HISTORY FORGOT. IT WAS JUST RELEASED ON MARCH 26th…
Nominated for a National Book Award when it was first published in 1995, the new expanded edition of Rena’s Promise includes co-author Heather Dune Macadam’s incredible new findings about the 998 women on the first transport to Auschwitz after her travels to Poland in 2012, including a meeting with one family who discovered the true fate of their loved one only after reading this book. Rena’s story remains unique not only for the length of time she spent in the death camps—three years and 41 days including the death march to Ravensbruck—but because she was on the first Jewish transport to the Nazi’s most notorious death camp.
Elizabeth Kerstein mezzo-soprano will sing Ravel’s Kaddish accompanied by pianist Bethany Pietroniro.
Hazzan Perlman will end the Holocaust Memorial Observance chanting the Eil Molei Rachamim composed by the renowned cantor Moshe Stern with the Chizuk Amuno Professional Choir.