Beth Shalom in Traverse City Celebrates Yam HaShoah Throughout the Weekend

The Jewish community is recognizing Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yam HaShoah, which means the day of burning.

“As we remember the Holocaust, and we say to ourselves: never again,”  said Jennifer Strauss, Administrator of Congregation Beth Shalom. “That includes all people. That this should never happen to anyone. So we remember those six million people that were lost in the Holocaust, both Jews and non-Jews. We can never let this happen again.”

The annual day of commemoration goes until sundown Thursday night. Congregation Beth Shalom in Traverse City says it’s important to honor the lives lost so that we don’t repeat mistakes of the past.

“We’re all human and have rights. And this is a day to remember that somebody once up on a time forgot that people have rights. And we’re supposed to remember it, and stop repeating it,” said Emmy-Lou Cholak, board member of Congregation Beth Shalom.

Congregation Beth Shalom will be holding two events this weekend as tribute to the Holocaust.

The first event is happening Saturday at 7 p.m. Judy Sima, a storyteller and author, will give a first-person account of her mother’s escape from Germany during World War II. The event is held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse in Traverse City or through  zoom.

On Sunday, a Yom HaShoah Service to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day will be happening at 10:30 a.m. The event is held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse in Traverse City. You can also join the event through zoom or through the UU YouTube channel.