Hollywood Temple Beth El will host a special service focusing on Holocaust remembrance on Saturday, April 7, at noon on the last day of Passover, which is the traditional day of Yizkor, or “Memorial for the Deceased.”
The special presentation will feature Bob Rich, of the American Red Cross. The observance is being held in conjunction with the Iranian American Jewish Federation. Regular Sabbath and Passover worship begins at 9:45 a.m., and all are welcome.
Rich will explain the significance of the American Red Cross and the unique service it offers to Holocaust survivors.
“We help clients who had direct contact with relatives or friends who went missing during the Holocaust, and our services are made available only if our clients still don’t know to this day what happened to these missing loved ones,” Rich said.
Hollywood Temple Beth El has been a spiritual home to numerous Holocaust survivors who do not know the fate of family and friends believed to have been murdered by the Nazis and their allies. It remains a painful topic for survivors who must also deal with denials of responsibility and involvement by government leaders of countries in which the mass killing took place. Jews in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East were targeted by the Nazis and their allies during World War II.
Hollywood Temple Beth El is located at 1317 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. in West Hollywood. For information, call (323)656-3150, or visit htbel.org and facebook.com/htbel. For information on the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org.
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