General Seminary will hold a commemorative prayer service to mark Yom HaShoah (the day of remembrance of the Holocaust) on April 18th. This observance, only one of four official days added to the Jewish calendar in 2000 years, was instituted by the Israeli parliament in 1951. General Seminary observed this occasion yearly in an interfaith service from 1988 through 2007. The service for 2012, designed by GTS students with input from Jewish clergy, will hopefully draw members of both faith traditions from local seminaries, synagogues and parishes as well as individuals who seek to mark the day.
As people of faith, what can we learn from this tragic chapter of our history? How do we convey the dignity and importance of human life, the message of a loving and compassionate Creator, and bear witness to the tragedy of the millions who perished in the Shoah?
Participating in the service will be Cantor Meredith Greenberg of Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ and Rabbi Mara Young of Woodlands Community Temple, Westchester, NY. Music from both Jewish and Anglican traditions will be sung, and texts from our common heritage will be shared. A holocaust survivor will share their own personal story as part of this sacred remembrance.
A welcoming kosher reception will be held in Seabury Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The solemn service, lasting about an hour, begins in the Chapel at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome, and interested parties are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.