The 2015 Northern Virginia Holocaust Observance
Sunday, April 19, 2015
at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax
The Other Dr Seuss
Reinterpreting the World War II Political Cartoons of Theodor "Seuss" Geisel
Area teens are invited to view a short film about the political works of famed children’s writer Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel) during World War II. The film is followed by workshops and small group discussions about the power of satire as political commentary today. The program concludes at 7pm, when all individuals are encouraged to attend the community commemoration. Pizza and snacks provided, registration is required at www.jcouncil.org/Seuss.
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Unto Every Person There Is A Name
An annual worldwide name reading program coordinated by B'nai B'rith International. This public name-reading commemorates children and adults who perished in the Holocaust, restoring some dignity to those who were stripped of their identifies and robbed of their lives. Individuals may submit names of loved ones who perished in the Shoa or bring them to the service to be read and remembered.
Adult & Youth Interpretative Art Exhibits
The community art exhibit is arranged each year by the JCCNV Art Director Irene Gavin. This year's works will consider the intricacies of human nature and social interaction that allow for unspeakable atrocities to be committed by some individuals or groups against others. With hope, we will look at ways to raise up the better angels of our consciences that encourage individuals and societies to stand forcefully against injustice and inhumanity.
In addition, JCRC brings Holocaust survivors to public and private schools, youth organizations and houses of worship to share their living testimony. Teen groups and classes are invited to share interpretative art projects that result from these visits at the annual Holocaust Observance. Download the flyer or to learn more, contact JCRC's Educational Outreach Associate, Steve Adleberg (firstname.lastname@example.org / 703-962-9232)
6:00pm – 7:00pm
"The Psychology of Scapegoating" Seminar
with David Friedman, Washington Director, Anti-Defamation League
This year's keynote speaker will discuss the ostracism and dehumanization of individuals and ethnic groups that can often be a precursor to dire tragedies.
7:00pm – 8:30pm
The Community Commemoration
Featuring a multigenerational candle lighting, readings, prayers, the Holocaust Kaddish, community choir, dance and musical reflections. Are you a survivor or child of a survivor? Please (contact JCRC) to be recognized during the candle lighting program (www.jcouncil.org/CandleLighting)
(Download the flyer here)
(light Kosher refreshments will be available until 6:30pm / click here for satellite parking information)