Yom Hashoah 
Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration 
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 6:45 p.m. 
Featured guest speaker: Dr. Jay Grymes 
Author of Violins of Hope 
Ohef Sholom Temple, 530 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk, VA 
Free and open to the public

 photo James_A_Grymes-hi_res_zpsqzyasmsy.jpgYom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is a commemorative program celebrating the power of the human spirit and the enduring faith of those who witnessed and survived the Holocaust. It honors the survivors, liberators, and righteous gentiles who reside in Hampton Roads, as well as the memory of the victims.

During the evening program, the Holocaust Commission applauds those making a difference now and for the future, announcing and recognizing the winners of the Commission’s annual Elie Wiesel Student Writing and Visual Arts Competitions, recipients of the Holocaust Commission’s Educator Awards, and its White Rose and Red Rose donors.


This year's guest speaker was James Grymes, author of the acclaimed Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour. The Salem High School graduate is professor of Musicology and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. Violins of Hope is the winner of the 2014 National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category.



Links to past Yom Hashoah events:
“Remember the survivors, because we’re not going to be around too long.” - Jewish News
2014 Yom Hashoah guest speaker believes “Life is here to live”
- Jewish News
Respect and hope mark community's 2016 Yom Hashoah Holocaust Day of Remembrance gathering - Jewish News
2017 Yom Hashoah moves the community - Jewish News

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