Holocaust memorial garden dedicated in West Orange

Photo By Sean Havey – Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz of the Lubovitch Center in West Orange listens to a speaker as he sits near the recently dedicated Holocaust memorial sculpture.

WEST ORANGE, NJ – On Sunday morning under a bright blue sky, more than 135 people gathered at Ahawas Achim B’nai Jacob and David Synagogue in West Orange to remember a dark historical era that had a profound effect on the world: the Holocaust.

To memorialize the tragedy, the synagogue dedicated a new Holocaust Memorial Garden and unveiled a commemorative sculpture by Jewish artist Ana Lazowsky.

Among the attendees were West Orange Mayor John McKeon, Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler of Ahawas Achim B’nai Jacob and David, synagogue President David Cherna, Chairman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton and Passaic Mark Levenson, Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz of the Lubavitch Center Synagogue of West Orange and  40 Holocaust survivors and their friends and families. Marvin Lipsky, chairman of the Yom Hashoa program and synagogue member, presided over the ceremony.