Hundreds of Jews & Christians to Join in Holocaust Remembrance in Boca on April 12

Vowing, “Never again,” the South Palm Beach County Jewish and Christian communities will walk together in solidarity in commemoration of the Holocaust at the March of Remembrance on Sunday, April 12, 2015, a few days before Yom HaShoah, (Holocaust Memorial Day). Participants will gather at 3:00 pm for brief welcoming remarks in the Boca Raton Christian School’s gymnasium (470 NW 4th Avenue). Hundreds of community members will join Holocaust survivors, their families and their supporters to march together on the streets of Boca Raton, beginning at 3:15 PM. Their destination will be Temple Beth El of Boca Raton (333 SW 4th Avenue) for a meaningful Holocaust Remembrance program at 4:00 pm. The march is approximately half a mile; a complimentary return shuttle bus will bring marchers back to the Boca Raton Christian School parking lot following the Yom HaShoah program.

"The March of Remembrance provides a moving opportunity for the religious community of Boca Raton to gather together to remember the victims of the Holocaust and to pledge ourselves to our shared values of justice, mutual respect and compassion," said The Reverend Andrew J. Sherman, Rector of St. Gregory's Episcopal Church.

“The March of Remembrance is a unique opportunity for the entire community, Jewish and non-Jewish, to come together to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust,” said Jill Rose, Jewish Community Relations Council Co-chair. “It is through our combined strength that we can say, ‘Never again’, and ensure that our voices are heard.”

In addition to commemorating the Holocaust, remembering those lost and honoring our community’s survivors, the day’s events will raise public awareness and provide enduring meaning for people of all faiths - with the message that the atrocities of the Holocaust will never be repeated. Last year the program drew 700 local residents of all ages, and strong participation is again anticipated. The largest local Yom HaShoah observance, and the only one that is interfaith, it complements the community’s many other Holocaust Remembrance programs in April, which are advertised by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its Jewish Community Relations Council.

The 4:00 Yom HaShoah program at Temple Beth El will include a moving procession of local Holocaust survivors escorted by children representing local churches and synagogues. It will also feature offerings from local clergy as well as other community leaders, remarks from local survivor Norman Frajman, and live music from violinist Gil Morganstern.

Rabbi Dan Levin of Temple Beth El in Boca Raton considers the March of Remembrance to be a significant event for members of all faiths as they join together in unity, “Temple Beth El is grateful for the opportunity to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with such a broad-based collaborative effort across the spectrum of religious life in our community. It is inspiring to see that so many people from so many different walks of life choose to come together to say that love and respect, not bigotry and hatred, are the values on which we will build our world together. We are excited to welcome violinist Gil Morgenstern, whose music will lend an extraordinary dimension of spirituality to this year's commemoration."

The March of Remembrance is a regional, collaborative effort uniting the Southeast Florida community through churches, synagogues and community groups. Planning for this event has included, among others, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its Jewish Community Relations Council, Victory Church, Boca Raton Interfaith Clergy Association, Boca Raton Christian School, Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, and The Flame Society. This assembly of Jewish and Christian denominations will honor living survivors and pay tribute to the lives that were lost, while also raising awareness of the lessons to be learned from the genocide that transpired more than seventy years ago.

“As a Pastor in Boca Raton, I consider it an honor to work together with Jewish, Christian and Interfaith leaders in our local South Florida community to remember the Holocaust, honor survivors and stand alongside multiple congregations to say, ‘Never again, and not on our watch,’” said The Reverend Don Karpinen, Pastor of Victory Church. “We are coming together as congregations of faith to pray against the violation of human rights and the advancement of evil."

For more information about the March of Remembrance and the Holocaust Remembrance Program, contact Marissa Trowbridge at marissat@bocafed.org or 561.852.6022.