A packed crowd attended the Community Board of Rabbis’ Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration on April 15. The audience at Beth Jacob’s sanctuary heard from community Rabbis and Cantors with moving musical performances from the choirs of Columbus Jewish Day School, Columbus Torah Academy and the KOLEINU community choir.
The keynote address was from Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Rosenblatt of the Riverdale Jewish Center in New York. Rabbi Rosenblatt took off from his sabbatical at Harvard University to speak in Columbus about “Preserving holiness and horror, in the aftermath of the unspeakable.” The Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) provides support for this annual program.
The Federation, through the JCRC, also organized the 30th Annual City of Columbus Yom HaShoah Observance on April 16. The event was the last one presided upon by Michael Coleman as Mayor, since he has announced that he is not seeking re-election.
The Keynote Speaker was Barbara Turkeltaub, who spoke of her experience during the Holocaust. Turkeltaub fled the Vilna ghetto with her younger sister, who was four-years-old at the time. Turkeltaub was reunited with her mother and younger brother two years after the war. The remainder of her family was killed.