Spring 2013 Holocaust remembrance events

400-2013-Holocaust-EventsLeslie Kirkwood, Chairperson of “Remembering for the Future” Community Holocaust Initiative, shared with Historic City News the following Holocaust remembrance events taking place around Jacksonville during spring 2013.

A variety of important community events, including music, film, conversation and commemoration, will take place during the months of March and April.

March Events

March 10, 1:30-3:30 PM SUNDAY

River Garden Hebrew Home
Holocaust Family Gatherings Committee, Jewish Family and Community Services presents
A Passover Seder for Holocaust Survivors and Families
Introducing the Jacksonville Holocaust Haggadah
By Invitation Only. For more information, contact
Naomi Mirensky 904-394-5777

March 10, 6:30 PM SUNDAY
Jacoby Hall, Times-Union Center for Performing Arts
Jacksonville Children’s Chorus presents:
“I Never Saw Another Butterfly”
A Musical Memorial and Songs from the Jewish Faith
Guest Artists: Jacksonville University Orchestra,
Dr. Marguerite Richardson, Conductor
Visit www.JaxChildrensChorus.org or call 904.353.1636 for tickets ($18 and $30) and more information.

March 17, 2:00-4:00 PM SUNDAY
CoRK Arts Studio
Historic Riverside at the Corner of Rosselle & King streets
Artist Joanelle Mulrain and Remembering for the Future present
Art: The Power to Heal
Sunday Salon Series @ CoRK Arts Studio
This discussion among artists, art therapists and others will explore creativity and our use of art to cope with difficult and challenging circumstances. The conversation will begin with the artistic legacy of Terezin, a Nazi transit camp, and move to therapeutic use of art in healthcare today. Panelists include: Louise Freshman Brown, Artist and Professor of Art; Kelly DeSousa, Art Therapist, Art Therapy for Autism; and Lori Guadagno, Program Director, Art with a Heart. Moderated by Leslie Kirkwood, Remembering for the Future Community Holocaust Initiative. Sponsored by the Fanny Landwirth Foundation.
A $5 donation is suggested. Seating is limited to 50. RSVP to corksalonseries@yahoo.com or 904.246.0457.

March 28, 7:00-9:00 PM THURSDAY
Jacksonville Jewish Center at 3662 Crown Point Road
Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Jewish Center present
Two Who Dared: The Sharp’s War
A Documentary Film Screening Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War is the never-before-told story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife, who boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe to help save imperiled Jews and refugees at the onset of World War II.
Leaving their two young children in the care of their congregation in Massachusetts, the Sharps travelled to Europe where they broke laws and laundered money on the black market to obtain exit visas for imperiled individuals. Over the course of two missions: in Prague (1939), and in Southern France (1940), the Sharps, and their underground confederates, played a vital role in saving thousands from persecution.
In 2006, the Sharps were recognized by the State of Israel as “Righteous Among the Nations” at Yad Vashem for risking their lives to save Jews and dissidents during the Holocaust. Of the 25,000 so honored, they are two of only three Americans to ever be honored, and the only husband and wife. http://twowhodared.com/
The event is free and open to the public. For information call 904.725.8133 or 904.292.1000.

April Events

April 5, 7:00 PM FRIDAY
Beth El, The Beaches Synagogue at 288 Roscoe Boulevard North, Ponte Vedra Beach The Beth El congregation presents
Yom Hashoah Shabbat Service
This annual event includes special commemorative prayers and readings.
This event is free and open to the public. For information call 904.273.9100.

April 7, 4:00 PM SUNDAY
Jacksonville Jewish Center at 3662 Crown Point Road
Jacksonville Jewish Federation and the Jacksonville Jewish Center present
Yom Hashoah
Community Holocaust Remembrance Event
The annual commemoration of the Holocaust is hosted this year by the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Mr. Charles Mendel will share his experiences as a child aboard the SS St. Louis and later hiding in France. In 1939, more than 900 Jewish refugees sought asylum from Nazi persecution aboard the German ocean liner MS St. Louis. After they were refused entry into Cuba, the U.S. and Canada, the ship returned to Europe. The refugees were allowed to enter Belgium, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands, where they thought they would be safe. Approximately one quarter of the group did not survive the Holocaust. The event is free and open to the public. For information call 904.292.1000

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