Sunday, May 5, 2019 11 am – noon, at the Victoria Jewish Cemetery — On behalf of the Victoria Shoah Project, we invite you to the annual remembrance of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). This year’s commemoration will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2019 11 am – noon, at the Victoria Jewish Cemetery on Cedar Hill Road (south from Hillside Ave.). Those who perished in the Holocaust will be remembered as real individuals, not mere statistics or collectively characterized as victims, as we also honour the strength and resilience of survivors.
At this year’s commemoration “From Generation to Generation” we will hear the moving and unique story of one family and that will remind us of so many other families. There will be music and songs of pre-war Europe to move us and also to remember the flourishing cultures in so many of the locations tragically upended by the Shoah. Representatives of Victoria’s Jewish youth community will add their voices to the remembrance and honouring and there will be a memorial prayer for those who perished.
For the safety of all people the lessons of the Shoah and events leading up to this tragedy cannot be forgotten. This past year’s killings at the Pittsburgh synagogue, the Christchurch mosque and the many other hate attacks reinforce this message. In today’s world we must not only remember the tragic events of the Shoah but must commit to never remain silent in the face of injustice or an attack targeting any person or group for their beliefs, religion, race, sexual orientation or disabilities. In this way we truly honour the memory of those who perished in the Shoah.
We invite you to share in this event with us. We welcome your presence and support as we gather to remember the past and look towards a future of peace and unity.
Sincerely yours on behalf of the Victoria Shoah Project,