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Yellow Candle & Yom HaShoah

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Yellow Candle with CBE, Wednesday, April 7
Greater Washington Yom HaShoah Commemoration Events: April 11
Help Support Holocaust Programming at Beth Emeth

Light your Yellow Candle with the Beth Emeth Community

Wednesday, April 7, Erev Yom HaShoah, 7:30 PM

Zoom Link (all are invited to stay for Wednesday minyan at 8:00!)

Each year, every Beth Emeth member family receives a Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle with the compliments of the Congregation Beth Emeth (CBE) Men’s Club. We will be holding an online candle-lighting on Wednesday, April 7, at 7:30 PM, and we hope you and your family will join us online at the Zoom link above.

For this event, we will be updating the beautiful program prepared last year by Robyn Feuerberg, so if you have relatives or friends who perished and are not already honored in the program, please send their name and (if you know) where they perished to Robyn. Photos are also welcome, and a special way to share your remembrance of your loved ones. Please send any program additions by Thursday, April 1.

The act of kindling this flame and reading meditations is a moving ritual to remind us of what happened to the Jewish people not so long ago. 

Yom HaShoah Meditation

The Blessing of the Yellow Candle

As I light this Yellow Candle, I vow never to forget the lives of the Jewish men, women and children who are symbolized by this flame.  They were tortured and brutalized by human beings who acted like beasts; their lives taken in cruelty.  May we be inspired to learn more about our six million brothers and sisters as individuals and as communities and to recall their memories throughout the year.  May we recall not only the terror of their deaths, but also the splendor of their lives.  May the memory of their lives inspire us to hallow our own lives and to live meaningful Jewish lives so that we may help to insure that part of who they were shall endure always.              -- Rabbi Jules Harlow

Why Yellow Candles?

The Yellow Candle™ was created in 1981 by Congregation Beth Tzedec in Toronto and Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, Massachusetts. The Yellow Candle program was designed to keep alive the memory of the Six Million Jews who perished in the Shoah. The Yellow Candle was modeled after a traditional Jewish memorial Yahrzeit candle that burns for 24 hours during periods of mourning and on the Yahrzeit anniversary of a family member.

The candle’s yellow wax serves to remind us of the yellow arm band which Jews were forced to wear during the Nazi regime. The program logo is a yellow Magen David (Star of David), outlined with barbed wire, with the word “Jude” in the middle. This preserves the memory of the armband, or cloth patch, that Jews were forced to wear in the ghettos of Eastern Europe.

We would like to thank all the Men's Club members who helped to coordinate the purchase, packaging and distribution of the yellow candles to our congregants.

We would like to also thank Marty Zelman who has generously provided funding for the purchase of the candles. Marty’s parents are both Holocaust survivors. He is pleased to see the CBE Men’s Club participate in this very important program. Marty speaks annually to the CBE 7th grade class regarding his parents’ experiences surviving the Holocaust.

Help Support Yom HaShoah Programs at CBE

In the spirit of remembrance, we encourage you to give tzedakah in memory to those who did not survive the Holocaust. Through your generosity, we can continue to purchase and mail the yellow candles each and every year.  Net proceeds received from the Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle program will be used to fund Holocaust and other related programming at CBE. Please donate online or print out this form and return it to the synagogue with a check made payable to CBE Men’s Club.

Greater Washington 
Holocaust Commemoration

Sunday, April 11, Online 1:00 PM

Join the JCRC of Greater Washington online for our annual Yom Ha'Shoah Community-Wide Commemoration. We are honored to welcome Elisha Wiesel, son of Elie Wiesel, as our keynote speaker.

As years pass and our survivors age, the events of the Shoah become more distant. With antisemitism on the rise, the JCRC’s commemoration, along with our year-round Holocaust education efforts, are more important than ever.

In addition to the community-wide commemoration, the JCRC will also be hosting:

  • Dor L’Dor, Intergenerational program for teens and their families as well as educators to meet with and hear local Holocaust survivors share their living testimonies. Contact Sara Winkelman for more information.
  • Unto Every Person There is a Name, the annual reading of Shoah victims’ names co-sponsored by B’nai B’rith International and the JCRC.
  • Zikaron BaSalon, Memory in the Living Room, a program started in Israel which allows community members to host an online Holocaust commemoration with your friends and family. Contact Adam Odesser for more information.

More information is available on the JCRC Website.

Sat, April 17 2021 5 Iyyar 5781