UPDATE: City of Alexandria Observes Days of Remembrance for Victims of Holocaust on Tuesday, April 13, at Noon in Vola Lawson Lobby of City Hall
March 30, 2010
- Ceremony Speaker is Rabbi Mordechai Newman, Chabad of Alexandria
- 2010 marks the 23rd consecutive year the City has held the Days of Remembrance Ceremony.
- Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 703.746.4343
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the City of Alexandria has moved today's Days of Remembrance ceremony to the Vola Lawson Lobby on the first floor of City Hall, 301 King St. (Cameron Street side of the building). The ceremony will begin at noon and is free and open to the public. For the 23rd consecutive year, Alexandria City Council is hosting the Days of Remembrance, Yom HaShoah, for the victims of the Holocaust. This event is held during the weeklong commemoration of the national Days of Remembrance, Sunday, April 11, through Sunday, April 18.
The guest speaker for the ceremony will be Rabbi Mordechai Newman, Chabad of Alexandria. Rabbi Newman is the founder and director of Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington, which is one of the more than 3,300 branches of today's largest international organization involved with Jewish education and outreach programs. The Days of Remembrance Commemoration has special meaning to Rabbi Newman as his maternal great grandparents perished in the Holocaust.
During the ceremony, Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille and City Council members will light a candelabrum that Holocaust survivor Charlene Schiff and her husband, Ed, donated to the City. The 54-inch high, solid brass candelabrum was given to the City in memory of Charlene Schiff’s parents, sister, and the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust.
The Schiff candelabrum, under the care of the City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, is made available to schools and civic groups studying the Holocaust and to the City’s annual observance of the Days of Remembrance.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, in accordance with its Congressional mandate (Public Law 96-388, 10/7/80), is leading the nation in the weeklong Days of Remembrance commemoration.
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