Amherst to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day Thursday

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Staff Writer 
Published: 4/26/2022 11:12:57 AM
Modified: 4/26/2022 11:11:28 AM

AMHERST — Amherst will mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, reading the Jewish American Heritage Month proclamation adopted by the Town Council, at a ceremony from the steps of Town Hall Thursday.

The 3:30 p.m. event will include Klezmer music performed by Amy Rose on keyboard and Judy Gutlerner on clarinet.

The proclamation cites a 350-year history of Jewish contributions to the United States and American culture, and notes that local institutions of higher education have been leaders in Jewish Studies, including Holocaust and genocide studies. It also reflects on the establishment of the Jewish Community of Amherst, the creation of the National Yiddish Book Center and the Jewish Farming Movement in the Pioneer Valley.

“We recognize that American Jews have joined with all faiths to work for Tikkun Olam, repair of the world, remembering the lessons of the Holocaust, and leading movements for civil rights and social justice.”

The proclamation is sponsored by Rabbi Benjamin Weiner at the Jewish Community of Amherst, resident Hilda Greenbaum and councilors Dorothy Pam, Cathy Schoen, Andy Steinberg and Jennifer Taub.

 


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