The 46th annual South Orange/Maplewood interfaith Holocaust remembrance service is on Sunday, April 23, at 4 p.m. This year, it is hosted by Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange. A Rally for Remembrance with community leaders will precede the service, on the synagogue’s front lawn, at 3:15 p.m. The service will be held in person and also will be livestreamed.
Fred Polak, a child of Dutch Holocaust survivors, Jaap (Jack) and Ina, will tell his family’s story of survival. There also will be music and reflections from faith leaders. A combined interfaith choir from Voices in Harmony, Kol Dodi, the Our Lady of Sorrows’ adult, children, and youth choirs, and the choir of St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church will perform. This year’s Sister Rose Thering Holocaust Education award will be given to Jim Ferruggiaro of Maplewood, a long-time SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Committee chair.
The annual Interfaith Holocaust memorial service was inaugurated in 1977 by Max Randall of Maplewood, Rabbi Jehiel Orenstein of Congregation Beth El in South Orange, and Sister Rose Thering of Seton Hall University.
The link for the livestream and more information is on the group’s website, www.RememberandTell.org/2023.