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A Day of Hope

Temple Sholom Co-president Ariel Manacher helps Maya Zwilling plant flowers which were then sent on to a senior residence in town.

Sisters Sophie and Lily Kleinhandler light a candle in honor of their grandfather who was a Holocaust survivor.

Children and families of Temple Sholom in Greenwich gathered together on Sunday, May 1 to commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.  After the families of survivors lit candles in memory of those who perished, Rabbi Allison Berlinger, the shul’s director of education, talked about butterflies as a symbol of the 1.5 million children who were killed during the Holocaust and as a sign of hope. The commemoration was immediately followed by Temple Sholom’s annual Mitzvah Day, in which the children and their parents took part in a variety of communal projects.
“What better day to stand up and do acts of love and kindness, then a day intolerant people tried to destroy the Jews,” said Berlinger.  “By participating in Mitzvah Day, our children are learning that even when faced with adversity, we still need to look out for our fellow man and try to make the world a better place”.

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