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Holocaust Education Committee

Information about local speakers and resouces that CUJF makes available to help educate people about the history of the Holocaust. More information

The Narrow Bridge
By Rabbi Isaac Neuman

The Narrow Bridge: Beyond The Holocaust

Isaac Neuman is Rabbi Emeritus at Sinai Temple. He is a survivor of six Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz, and Mauthausen. Neuman was a slave laborer for the Nazis and German munitions companies during a portion of his four years in various camps. Neuman's parents, six sisters and a younger brother all perished in the Holocaust. As a boy studying Torah, Rabbi Neuman learned to seek the spiritual lessons hidden in everyday life. Likewise, in this narrative of occupation and holocaust, he uncovers a core of human decency and spiritual strength that inhumanity, starvation, and even death failed to extinguish. Unlike many Holocaust memoirs that focus on physical suffering and endurance, "The Narrow Bridge" follows a spiritual journey. Full review

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Sinai Temple Library

A listing of books for and about children and young adults in the Sinai Temple library that address the Holocaust can be found here by typing  "Holocaust" in the search box. 

Yom Ha'Shoah
Sunset April 18th to Sunset April 19th 2012

"If you don't know at least part of the story, if you don't know that there is a story, then we shall bequeath upon our descendants a sense of shame. We could not save those who died but we can save them from dying again because to forget is to kill them again. So why should the next generation in the 21st century live with that shame? For the dead and the living, we must bear witness." - Elie Wiesel

Yom Ha'Shoah

Yom HaShoah (יום השואה) and in English Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day and public holiday. It was inaugurated on 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. It is held on the 27th of Nisan (April/May), unless the 27th would be adjacent to Shabbat, in which case the date is shifted by a day.

IAF Israeli Air Force fly over Auschwitz

Yom Ha'Shoah Vigil

Wednesday, April 18th, 7pm.
UIUC Quad

Remember and honor the lives of those who perished in the Holocaust with a candlelight vigil starting at the Alma Mater and moving to the main quad for readings and contemplation as a community

WWII vet reconnects with those he helped liberate

When Frank Towers helped liberate 2,500 Jews imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II, he didn't know their names.

But 67 years later, Towers, a veteran from La Crosse, has reconnected with more than 200 of the survivors he helped save. At 95 years old and with the help of the Internet, he's on a mission to reconnect with as many as he can. Full Story

White House Press Release

Statement by the President on Holocaust Remembrance Day

This International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Michelle and I join people in the United States, in Israel, and across the globe as we remember the six million Jews and millions of others who were murdered at the hands of the Nazis. Full Statement