2010 Garden of Remembrance Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Date: April 11, 2010Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:  Show map Hebrew Institute of White Plains
20 Greenridge Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
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The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center presents the Annual Westchester County Holocaust Commemoration.  

Inspirational commemoration program to include choirs, elected officials, guest speakers and a moving ceremony that includes Holocaust survivors and their families

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Moshe Avital, survivor of five Extermination Camps, including Auschwitz. 

 After being liberated from Buchenwald at the age of 16, Dr. Avital joined the Aliyahbeth movement which was an illegal immigration to Palestine.  He sailed with 1,100 children who all survived the death camps and tried to emigrate to Palestine. The name of the boat was Yaldei Buchenwald which was intercepted by British navy ships.  All 1,100 children were arrested and sent to a prison camp near Haifa.  Dr. Avital will talk about this extraordinary rescue effort by the Hagannah and the creation of the State of Israel.  He holds a Ph.D. from Yeshiva University where he graduated with honors and received a B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in Hebrew Literature.  He is the author of numerous books and is married to Anita Hershman.  They have three married daughters and 11 grandchildren.  They reside in Westchester County. 

Thank you to our Co-Sponsors: American Jewish Committee, Beth El Synagogue Center of New Rochelle, Congregation Sons of Israel, Shaarei Tikvah - The Scarsdale Conservative Congregation, Hillels of Westchester, J-Teen Leadership, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, Temple Israel of New Rochelle, Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism, Westchester Jewish Conference and Young Israel of White Plains.

We gratefully acknowledge the Irwin Weiner Charitable Foundation, Harris Markhoff, President, for the generous support of this program.