Over 150 devices Zoomed in to watch and/or participate in our County-Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration event. In the absence of an in-person photographer, these screenshots were taken. Please click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

We wish to thank Stefanie Kostenblatt of the Newburgh Jewish Community Center for taking the lead and organizing this amazing event and the amazing people who contributed. Our technical Zoom expert was Elizabeth Frederick with an assist at times by Sharon Ball.

Nina Rubin started the evening with beautiful harp music.
Sharon Ball introduced the program.
Rabbi Roger Lerner of the Monroe Temple led a brief evening service.
Stefanie welcomed everyone.
Donna Kushner played "Meditation from Thais", by Jules Massenet on violin.
Roberta Baum intoduced Dr. Ron Israelski, who spoke about his father's experiences.
2 minute video with names to be remembered from community members.
Rabbi Marcus Rubenstein introduced candle lighting from each Orange County synagogue:

  • Joe Epstein for Dr. Ed Konis, a survivor
  • Jon Shafran
  • Steven Licker
  • Marsha Sobel 
  • Dr. Leslie Green
  • Michael Melasky
  • Jessica Anschutz, Vails Gate United Methodist Church for the non-Jewish victims

Moment of Silence
Rabbi Douglas Kohn read "Never Again".
Rabbi Rebecca Shinder prays El Malei Rachamim.
Rabbi Jacob Rosner recited special Holocause Kaddish.
Dr. Israelski lit 8th candle of hope.
Student Rabbi Bena KaneGraber sang Hatikvah.
Rober Pollsen sang "God Bless America" during a slideshow of artwork submitted by area children that depicted Unity, Love and Tolerance.



We are pleased to present the Zoom recording of this event.
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