Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm - 8:30 pmLocation:
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (the J)
8900 Little River Turnpike
Contact: Laurie Albert
The 2017 Northern Virginia Holocaust Commemoration Reflects Upon:
Displaced Persons - Struggles to Find a Home
This decade has seen the greatest number of refugees since World War II. At our annual Holocaust Commemoration, we will reflect upon Displaced Persons “DP” camps of the 1940s and the struggles for post-war survivors to find a new homeland. What are the implications and lessons for today?
Hundreds of elected officials, dignitaries, interfaith leaders, Holocaust survivors, youth, and community members will participate in this annual observance held at the J. The program includes art and artifacts displays, B’nai B’rith’s “Unto Every Person There is a Name” reading of names of those who perished in the Holocaust, a youth workshop and an adult seminar exploring our theme with Holocaust and modern era refugee speakers. The evening culminates in a community commemoration of readings, poetry, an interfaith choir, recitation of the Holocaust Kaddish, and the intergenerational candle lighting and pledges of the children and grandchildren.
This program is co-hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, JCCNV, and Temple Rodef Shalom. Each year more than two dozen synagogues, houses of worship, and non-profits join us as co-sponsors and supporters. Details and registration at jcouncil.org/Holocaust.