For immediate release: Community-wide Yom Hashoah Memorial Day

Cape Town, 26 March 2018: The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape Council) is leading a community-wide observance to remember the Holocaust on Wednesday, 11 April 2018, at Pinelands 2 at the Jewish Cemetery. Yom Hashoah is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. "Shoah" means utter destruction in Hebrew, and refers to the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II. 

Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah, a Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism is a community commemoration service starting at 12h45pm, all are welcome.

The ceremony will feature Holocaust survivor, Ella Blumenthal with her daughter, Evelyn Kaplan, granddaughter Jade Kaplan and great-granddaughter Deena Wolpert, as keynote speakers who deliver a speech together, “The Shoah- its impact on 4 generations”. 

The community will also have an opportunity to pay tribute to the memory of those lives lost, as we recreate an art installation of a synagogue that was destroyed in Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, eighty years ago. Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German streets in the wake of the holocaust—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence.

12h45:  Musical Reflections with Aviva Pelham 

13h00:  Community Tribute - “Night of Broken Glass" Art Installation

13h20:  Traditional Ceremony

Guest Speaker: The Shoah- its impact on 4 generations. Ella Blumenthal, Evelyn Kaplan, Jade Kaplan and Deena Wolpert 

14h00         Ceremony Ends

Ceremony Location: 
Pinelands 2, Jewish Cemetery, Forest Dr, Thornton, Cape Town, 7485

Released by: 
SAJBD (Cape Council) 
Liza-Jane Saban
Head of Communications
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