On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Temple Beth El Israel and Temple Beit HaYam will join together in commemorating Yom haShoah v’Hagvurah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. As we move further in time from the actual atrocities, these opportunities to remember and recall take on significant and urgent meaning.
In one context, the population of actual survivors is shrinking. In a decade or two, the eyewitness accounts will be frozen in books and photographs. With the passing of the victims, the people who actually witnessed the slaughter of the Holocaust will be consigned to purely historical memory —memory and what we do with it are tenuous propositions.