Posted by Elyse Rast

Yom Hashoah at JF&CSYesterday, JF&CS employees joined together at JF&CS Headquarters to commemorate Yom Hashoah, hearing from Schechter Holocaust Services Advisory Committee member and Holocaust survivor, Jack Trompetter. At the end of the program, I shared the following with all in attendance:

Sunday was Boston’s Holocaust Commemoration at Faneuil Hall, which JF&CS proudly co-sponsored with other leading Holocaust agencies. The program was entitled Liberation: From Darkness to Light, since this year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the death camps and the end of the Holocaust and WWII.

I brought my two children to the commemoration since the messages imparted were important reminders about remembering the past while creating a better present day. I asked my 13-year-old son why I brought him and his sister along, and he responded in a typical, sullen adolescent way that he had to go because I made him and because he’s learning about the Holocaust in school. When pushed further, he responded that it would help him learn empathy and he would be a kinder person. That night I realized the program’s impact when I saw him reading The Diary of Anne Frank.

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