Temple Adat Shalom and Ner Tamid Synagogue are collaborating on their first, joint Holocaust Commemoration open to the entire North County Inland community. Yom HaShoa, Holocaust Memorial Day, is commemorated around the world by Jewish communities.
"We, specifically, wish to open this important moment beyond our two synagogues' membership," said Rabbi David Castiglione, of Temple Adat Shalom. "While it is every Jewish person's sacred responsibility to honor and remember the 6 million Jewish men, women and children slaughtered by the Nazi regime, its collaborators and those complicit to murder by their silence, it is all of our responsibility to remember that more than 6 million lives were taken. Millions more needlessly died because of hate, megalomania and apathy. It was, and remains, a world tragedy. The sacred words, 'Never Again,' are meant for every persecuted people and every culture targeted for genocide. Until the world learns to turn its spears into pruning hooks, until parents, schools, the internet community, political groups, and government leaders learn to put away words of cruelty and blame, 'Never Again' are words each of us, no matter our faith, must seal upon our hearts and make true with all of our being."
The moving hour-long Service of Commemoration will be held at Temple Adat Shalom, 15905 Pomerado Road, Poway, CA. 92064. It will take place on the eve of Yom HaShoa, Wednesday April 18, from 7-8 p.m. The service will include speakers Rabbis Nadav Caine and David Castiglione, readings, selections from survivors' diaries, a short address, music by Cantor Lori Frank and the Temple Adat Shalom Adult Choir. Fellowship and light refreshments will follow.