South Jersey community honors Holocast survivors and descendants at Yom Hashoah Observance

CHERRY HILL, NJ (SBN) — Hundreds of members of the South Jersey community gathered last night in Cherry Hill for Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust commemoration ceremony that honors survivors of the Nazi effort to exterminate the Jews of Europe during World War II.

As a cello played, dozens of Holocaust survivors and their descendants entered the sanctuary at Congregation Kol Ami. The survivors, and second, third, and even fourth generation descendants were honored as participants pledged to keep the memory alive as a way to combat hatred and bigotry.

Hear from descendants of Holocaust survivors and other community leaders in this audio news report from SBN news director Steve Lubetkin.

Survivors and their families lit ceremonial candles to commemorate the dead and honor survivors who have recently passed away. Pastor Jonathan Leath of Converge Church in Moorestown, Burlington County, lit a candle for the five to ten million other persecuted minorities, such as homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma, and disabled people who were also killed during the Nazi era.

The service ended with a video showing 600 holocaust survivors joining students in Jerusalem in singing the inspiring song, “Chai” – I am alive.