Yom HaShoah begins on the evening of April 7 this year. Rabbi Layman and Babette Cohn invite you to join them at 8:00 pm as they participate in the Shalom Hartman Institute program Gathering, Meaning & Memory. Here is a summary of this online program:
Even as the voices of the last living Holocaust survivors can still be heard, the next generation is assuming responsibility for keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. The Yom HaShoah Hitkansut (Gathering for Holocaust Remembrance Day) is an experiential and deeply personal program that highlights the memory of the Jews who perished and cherishes the struggle for life. Participants transform memory into a personal commitment against all forms of dehumanization by emphasizing our shared destiny: we have all survived persecution.
Participants use a specially designed Hitkansut Haggadah created by a diverse group of scholars, writers and leaders of non-profits. The Haggadah weaves together literary texts, testimonies, discussions, prayer and moments of silence to which participants are invited to contribute their own voices, memories and thoughts.