August 22, 2014

Elyria
Partly sunny
70°F
test

Elyria temple hosting Holocaust remembrance service tonight

ELYRIA — An Elyria temple is hosting a Holocaust remembrance service to both honor victims of the tragedy and remind the community that similar human rights violations can happen anywhere.

At 7:30 tonight, Temple B’nai Abraham, 530 Gulf Road in Elyria, is holding a Holocaust remembrance service during its weekly Sabbath service.

“It’s important to honor those memories,” Rabbi Lauren Webber said of the service. She added that the community aims to support the few Holocaust survivors who are still alive. “Some of them have no surviving family to remember them.”

Webber said it’s also important for the community to remember that the world is not immune from another tragedy like the Holocaust.

“This could happen to any people at any time,” she said.

The service will include a mix of historical readings and pieces written by survivors. At the beginning of the service, the temple will hold a candlelight vigil for the victims and survivors. Six of the lit candles will honor the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

The seventh candle will honor people who helped victims during the Holocaust, and an eighth candle will remember those of other religions and faiths who died.