Youngstown JCC hosts virtual Holocaust Memorial ceremony Sunday

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The ceremony featured a keynote presentation by the Director of the YSU Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation held a virtual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony Sunday.

The annual memorial ceremony started at 4 p.m.

The ceremony featured a keynote presentation by the Director of the YSU Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, Dr. Jacob Ari Labendz.

He talked about the history and meaning of the local community’s four Czech Torahs.

Those Torahs come from a collection of more than 1,500 scrolls saved from Nazi destruction and distributed around the world.

“Today, we memorialize precious, departed souls, victims and heroes of the Shoah, cherish beloved survivors who have enriched our lives, character and spirit through their example in Torah,” said Rabbi Joseph P. Schonberger.

There were also video presentations, a candle-lighting ceremony and participation by children and grandchildren of survivors.

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