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2011 NoVA Yom Ha'Shoah Commemoration
In 2011, the Northern Virginia Jewish community's Yom Ha'Shoah program reflected upon, "Closing Doors: Immigration Policy During the Holocaust Years." These are photos taken prior to the program. No flash photography occurred during the Observance, but check back soon for video footage. Among the many programs that preceded the Observance were a seminar and keynote address by Professor Severin Hochberg about the heroic efforts of James Grover McDonald to assist in Jewish immigration during and immediately after the Holocaust. Mr. McDonald's daughter, Professor Barbara Stewart McDonald, is a co-editor with Professor Hochberg and also participated in the seminar. Teens held separate intimate dinner discussions with survivors, hearing their personal testimony. The program also included an art display created jointly by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and the George Mason Art Department, a videotaping that will be aired by the student run Mason Cable Network with support from GMU's Video & Film Department. B'nai B'rith provided its annual "Unto Every Person There Is A Name," program that allows participants, VIPs and elected officials to read the names of those martyred during the Holocaust. In the communal observance that culminated that evening, survivors, children of survivors and representatives from other refugee groups that struggled to arrive in the U.S. stood in solidarity during a candle lighting ceremony while more than 70 individuals from synagogues and the GMU Music Department participated in a communal choir led by Congregation Adat Reyim.