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Focus on teaching children at Mother’s Day program featuring Israeli and German Consuls

Some 350 people braved the Mother’s Day rainstorm May 14 to attend the Jewish Community Relations Council’s annual Holocaust commemoration at Faneuil Hall.

Attended by Mayor Thomas Menino and other state and local elected officials, the service was led by Rabbi Moshe Waldoks of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline. “V’Shinantam L’Vanechaâ€? – and you shall teach it to your children – was an apt theme for the day when mothers were honored across the country.

Israel Arbeiter, president of the American Association of Holocaust Survivors, spoke briefly invoking the last words his father said to him and his brother at a concentration camp in Poland: “Save yourself; and if you survive, remember to carry on and lead Jewish lives.â€?

“There will be a time in the not-so-distant future when the last survivor will be gone,â€? Arbeiter said. “It will then be up to the next generation to carry on the message of human conscience for all time.â€?