Yom HaShoah Service of Remembrance

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Please join BAJC and the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Leadership Association (BAILA) for an interfaith service in remembrance of the Holocaust at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Thursday, May 2, at 7 pm. We will light eleven yahrtzeit candles: one for each million souls who were murdered by the Nazis. Six million Jews. Five million gays, political activists, Roma, handicapped –all who were deemed imperfect, sub-human, worthless.

It is always deeply moving to see members of the Brattleboro area community – Jew, Christian, Moslem, Buddhist, Baha’i, Wiccan, religious and not religious, old and young, gay and straight – step up and light a candle. Between the candle lightings, members of the clergy will read texts from related to the Shoah and we will sing songs of that terrible time.

It is good to light a light of remembrance, but we must never let it go out. We must keep the light of Torah burning, and the memory of each of those murdered souls alive forever. In this time of massacres in synagogues, churches, and mosques, in this time of rising antisemitism and hatred of “the other”, join us to pray for strength to fight the hatred that has been let loose in our world.