44th Annual South Orange/Maplewood Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Service
The 44th Annual Remember & Tell South Orange /Maplewood Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Service will go virtual on Sunday, April 18.
The SOMA annual interfaith observance, the first of its kind in New Jersey, began in 1977. It is dedicated to the memory of the millions of victims of the unprecedented murders that took place during the darkest period of 20th century history, the Holocaust. Every year, the service gives a platform to individuals who were witnesses and survivors. These people share their stories and messages of personal experiences with the community. Most of the surviving witnesses to the Holocaust were children during the Second World War. Their experience reflects the direst consequences of prejudice and hate along with the power of members of their communities to step up and save lives.
In 2020, for the first time, the Service was cancelled, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Committee that plans the remembrance was determined to hold the service, but recognized the need to completely re-think it for a virtual showing. They focused on what makes this particular remembrance special and unique, and built it from there. Key elements, like the focus on the survivors themselves, and the involvement of the community’s clergy from different congregations and different faiths, were included. The many contributors each videotaped short segments, which were then compiled into a single 1½-hour service. The program will “go live” on April 18 at 4 p.m., but viewers will be able to see the video anytime afterward on the SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Service’s own website, rememberandtell.org, or on YouTube.
April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm