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The 2015 Northern Virginia Holocaust Commemoration Reflects Upon: "The Psychology of Scapegoating"

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031

We will consider the intricacies of human nature and social interaction that allow for unspeakable atrocities to be committed by some individuals or groups against others. With hope, we will look at strategies that have succeeded in mobilizing the silent bystander and raising up societies to take a forceful stand against injustice and inhumanity.

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 youth and professional art 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, “The Psychology of Scapegoating.” The evening culminates in a community commemoration with readings, poetry, a community 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, the JCCNV, and Congregation Beth Emeth of Herndon. Each year more than two dozen synagogues, houses of worship and non-profits join us as co-sponsors and supporters. Details and registration at

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