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Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Commemoration Events

Yom Hashoah

SUNDAY, APRIL 15
New Milford – Holocaust Remembrance Day Film & Brunch: “Surviving Hitler: A Love Story,” the true story about two young people who conspired to kill Hitler; sponsored by the Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life; 9:30 light breakfast, 10 a.m. film and candle-lighting, brunch to follow film; at Bank St. Theater, 46 Bank St., (860) 868-2434. $10 film/breakfast non-members; brunch $22 at 59 Bank St. (to be paid in advance)

Southbury – Yom Hashoah Commemoration program with keynote speaker Professor Harry Reicher of the University of Pennsylvania and Touro Law Center, who will discuss “What Will It Take for the World to Learn? From the Holocaust to Darfur”; hosted by the Jewish Federation of Western CT; 3 p.m.; at the Walzer Jewish Family Community Campus, 444 Main St. North.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
Torrington – “Memories,” a community service in commemoration of the Holocaust, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Beth El Synagogue, 124 Litchfield St.

West Hartford – “The Cookie That Saved My Family,” an All Community Children’s read for Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Memorial Day; Author Dr. William Freund will present a series of readings of his book for multiple groups of children on the hour and half hour from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.; sponsored by the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford in the university’s Mortensen Library; book signing, 2 – 4 p.m. at Millrace Book Store, 40 Mill Lane in Farmington, (860) 677-9662. FREE

Woodbridge – Annual Yom Hashoah Holocaust Observance, recognizing six local Holocaust survivors who are participants in the Adopt-a-Survivor program; candle lighting procession; 7 p.m.; at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., (203) 387-2522 x313. FREE

THURSDAY, APRIL 19
Fairfield – “Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust”, a lecture by author and Fairfield University professor, Dr. Gavriel D. Rosenfeld; 7 p.m.; at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., (203) 254-4000 x2688. FREE

FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Hartford – 34th Annual Connecticut Holocaust Commemoration Day, “Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue”; featuring keynote speaker Anita Schorr of Westport, who was sent to Auschwitz at the age of 14 and was her families only
survivor; hosted by UJA/Federation of Eastern Fairfield County; sponsored by the Jewish Federation Association of CT (JFACT) and other organizations; 11 a.m.; in the Senate Chambers of the State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave., (860) 727-5701, jfact@mcmgmt.com. Open to all. FREE

Southport – A Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Commemoration – program  featuring a short service, video presentation of “Voices of Rescue from the Holocaust, talks by local Holocaust survivors, Anita Shorr and Zelig Preis; Westport poet Stephen Herz will read from his book “Whatever You Can Carry: Poems of the Holocaust”; presented by the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism 7:30 p.m.; at the Southport Congregational Church, 524 Pequot Ave.,
(203) 226-5451. FREE

SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Sherman – “The Will to Create, Will to Live: The Music of Terezin,” a rebroadcast live from NY’s 92nd Street Y in commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day; refreshments; 11 a.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte 39 South, (860) 355-8050, www.jccinsherman.org. FREE for JCC and Jewish Federation members; $5 for non-members

West Hartford – Yom Hashoah Holocaust Commemoration with keynote speaker Judith Altmann, survivor of Auschwitz and the Essen and Gelsenkrichen labar camps and the Death March to Bergen Belsen; hosted by Voices of Hope of the Jewish Federation Association of CT and the Mandell JCC; 7 p.m.; at Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., (860) 236-4571,  www.mandelljcc.org.  FREE

MONDAY, APRIL 23
Bridgeport – Annual Yom Hashoah Remembrance Day program with guest speaker Bob Swirsky, a World War II veteran; 7 p.m.; Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2385 Park Ave., (203) 334-0159

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
Fairfield – Annual Holocaust Commemoration of the Town of Fairfield, with keynote speaker Harry Weichsel, a local resident and survivor Holocaust Commemoration Events of Kristallnacht; short video/discussion, musical selections and candle-lighting, 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception, at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd. FREE

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