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2013 VA Yom Ha'Shoah
The commemoration program can be found at www.jcouncil.org/shoa2013vaprogram. The day started with original art work created by 11 area artists, teens who participated in Holocaust survivor testimony programs, and the JCCNV's shelicha, who created an exhibit on "Israel & the Holocaust." Elected officials, diplomats and clergy from several faith traditions participated alongside community members in B'nai B'rith's "Unto Every Person There Is A Name," worldwide annual program that endeavors to remember as many individuals as possible among the six million lost to the Holocaust. These programs were followed by "Holocaust Art: Then & Now," a seminar with George Mason University Art Historian Marion Deshmukh followed by her interview of two artists who contributed to the local exhibit. Each year the evening culminates in the community wide observance. Rosalind Gold, Rabbi Emerita of Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation and Cantor Allen Leider of Temple Rodef Shalom led the ceremony and community choir. An original music composition was provided by George Mason University Music Department and poetry and narratives were read by two dozen clergy and lay representatives from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh as well as Jewish traditions. The program also recognized 19 Holocaust survivors in our local community and their accomplishments, followed by the Pledge of Continuation by children and grandchildren of survivors. Youth also participated in the service with 12 year old Madeline LeBeau performing L'Dor V'Dor and 15 year old Rebecca Linick reciting "At My Bat Mitzvah and Hers," an adaptation of Rabbi Howard Kahn's poem dedicated to a young resistance martyr of the Holocaust.