February 24, 2020
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Synagogues to focus on Holocaust

Three synagogues will hold a special joint service Sunday at Congregation Beth Israel, 144 York St., Bangor, to mark Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Congregation Beth El, 183 French St., Bangor, and Adas Yoshuron, 50 Willow St., Rockland, also will participate in the program.

Violinist Anatole Wieck and the Adas Yoshuron Choir of Rockland will perform.

The Rev. Bob Carlson, pastor emeritus of East Orrington Congregational Church, will be the guest speaker during the service at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19.

He said his text would be Psalms 23:4 — “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil … .”

“My message will be that this holy day should not to be forgotten by anyone in our culture, which crosses the boundaries of the United States,” Carlson said. “To me, it is an event to be remembered by the world.”

The holiday itself is Tuesday, April 21. It is held a week after the seventh day of Passover on the 27th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar.

Yom Hashoah was created by the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in 1951 and is observed by Jewish communities around the world, according to www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1943.

The theme that runs through all observances, according to the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, is the importance of remembering and recalling the victims of the Holocaust as well as ensuring that such a tragedy never happens again.

For information on Sunday’s program at Beth Israel, call 945-3433.

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