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L.A. Museum Of The Holocaust’s Yom Hashoah Day Commemoration Ceremony Set For Sunday

"Reflections in Light" an exhibition of paintings by Israeli artist Motke Blum is on display at the Los Angeles Musuem of the Holocaust, and includes his painting "6 Boat Skeletons."

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2016 – 12:18 PM

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust’s (LAMOTH) 24th annual Yom HaShoah Day of Holocaust Commemoration will feature a 2 p.m. ceremony, Sunday, May 1 at the museum in Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Dr., near The Grove and Farmers Market.

Yom HaShoah is a day to remember those murdered during the Holocaust, honor those who survived, and share survivors’ memories so that they can be carried forward by future generations.

The program will include remarks by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Consul General of Israel David Siegel and Rabbi Sarah Bassin of Temple Emanuel.

Jeffrey Ohrenstein, chair of the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London, will tell the story of the rescue and restoration of 1,564 pre-war Torah scrolls from Czechoslovakia. Eighteen of those scrolls, now entrusted to congregations in the L.A. area, are part of a special exhibit at LAMOTH, and members of those congregations will attend Sunday’s ceremony.

The keynote address will be given by Holocaust Survivor Marie Kaufman, who as child was hidden in the village of Milhars in southern France. The program will also feature music by cantorial soloist Gary Levine, Adam Yaron, and the Israeli Scouts of Los Angeles Chorus.  

Along with the rescued Czech Torah scrolls, the following will be on exhibit at LAMOTH on May 1, when the museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. 

• “Reflections in Light,” paintings by Israeli artist Motke Blum;

• Personal artifacts of David Stoliar, the sole survivor of the sinking of the Struma, a ship carrying several hundred Jewish refugees from Romania to Palestine in 1942.

In addition to the 2 p.m.ceremony, LAMOTH will host the following related programs on May 1:

• 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. —”Talking With Your Children About the Holocaust, “Rabbi Zoe Klein

• 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.—”Yiddish Poetry: Conversation and Reading,” Sarah Traister Moskovitz and Jack Lewin

• 4- 4:45 p.m.—”Memorial Scrolls Trust in London,” Jeffrey Ohrenstein, chair •

• 4:-4:45 p.m.—”The Justice of Memory,” Rabbi Joel Thal Simonds


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