The Nazi Holocaust understandably looms large among Jews, who were the main targets. But as Yom Hashoa approaches on April 19, some are recalling other genocides as well.
Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day at Temple Beth El of Hollywood will be a showing of "The Last Survivor," a documentary about four survivors – not only of the Holocaust, but of mass killings in Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo.
"The Holocaust is not just a Jewish tragedy, but a tragedy for all humankind," says Rabbi Allan Tuffs of Beth El, who will lead a Q&A after the showing. "The lessons that the Jewish people learned need to be brought to the entire world."
The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the temple, 1351 S. 14th Ave. Besides the film, it will include two speakers: Holocaust survivor Lili Binstock of Hallandale and Sudanese-born Abubakr Elnoor of Davie.
A light dinner of sandwiches will be served at the event. Reservations are required at $18. Call the temple at 954-920-8225.
Sam Dubbin, counsel of Holocaust Survivors Foundation U.S.A., 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Temple Beth Am, 7205 Royal Palm Blvd., Margate. The foundation works to recover assets looted from Holocaust victims. For information, call the temple at 954-968-4545.
Names of Holocaust victims to be read 6 p.m. April 18 at Temple Beth Orr, 2151 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs. For information, call 954-753-3232.
Author Felice Cohen, 6:30 p.m. April 18 at Temple Judea, 4311 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Cohen wrote "What Papa Told Me," about her grandfather, Murray Schwartzbaum, who survived eight labor and concentration camps, then emigrated to America. Cosponsors: Temple Beth David, Temple Beth Am and Jewish Family & Children’s Services. Free. information: Melissa Engelberg, 561-712-5226.
Hospice speaker: Karen Klapper, physician for Hospice of Palm Beach County and daughter of concentration camp survivors, 2 p.m. April 19 at South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach. Sponsor: Hospice of Palm Beach County. Information: 561-227-5276.
Concentration camp liberator Leon Heller, 7 p.m. April 19 at Temple Sinai of Hollywood, 1400 N. 46th Ave. Also speaking: children of Holocaust survivors. Free, but RSVP: 954-987-0026.
Candlelight service, 2 p.m. April 19 at Temple Anshei Shalom, 7099 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Guest speaker: Samuel M. Ron, who survived Ghetto Cracov and three concentration camps. Cosponsored by Temple Emeth, also in Delray Beach. For information, call 561-495-1300.
George Salton, survivor of 10 concentration camps, on Jewish life in Nazi-occupied Poland 11 a.m. April 19 at Ross Jewish Community Center, 8500 Jog Road, Boynton Beach Salton has appeared on CNN and NPR. Call 561-736-4751.
Mark Lamet, speaking about Holocaust-era novel "City of Diamonds," by his mother, Rosalie Lamet, 2:30 p.m. April 19 at Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, 2031 Harrison St., Hollywood. Holocaust commemoration service included. Cost: $5. RSVP: 954-929-5690, ext 378.
Zelda Fuksman, Holocaust survivor, speaking about child survivors, 6 p.m. April 20 at South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach. Sponsor: Congregation Beth Adam, South Florida Center for Humanistic Judaism. Information: 561-734-5894.
"Brundibar," 35-minute opera in honor of Holocaust Memorial Month, 5 p.m. April 29 at Temple Emanu-El, 1701 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Performed by Miami Children's Chorus. Tickets: $25 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Visit miamichildrenschorus.org or call 305-662-7494.
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