Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will commemorate the anniversary of Kristallnacht on Friday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m., during in-person services, which will be livestreamed at www.cbinj.org/livestream.
The program will feature presentations by Ellen Citrin, Lydia Fogelman, and Gila Glassel, who are children of Holocaust survivors. They are members of the Second/Third Generation Holocaust Survivors Group, which sponsors the program.
Kristallnacht, which translates as “crystal night” in German, is also called the “Night of Broken Glass.” It refers to the Nazis’ violent attacks against Jews throughout Germany, Austria, and parts of occupied Czechoslovakia on November 9 and 10, 1938. The name Kristallnacht comes from the broken glass that littered the streets after Jewish homes, schools, synagogues, and stores were damaged and destroyed as Jews were beaten, sent to concentration camps, or killed outright. Kristallnacht often is seen as the beginning of the Holocaust.
The Second/Third Generation Holocaust Survivors Group was created at Congregation Beth Israel but also includes participants from other local synagogues and the community. It plans events, such as the Kristallnacht remembrance, to educate the public about the Holocaust and to honor and remember those who suffered and died.
For more information call (908) 889-1830 or go to cbinj.org.