Beth Ahm To Dedicate Holocaust Memorial


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Congregation Beth Ahm's Holocaust Memorial neared completion on Friday.

This Sunday, April 11, at 3 p.m., Congregation Beth Ahm will unveil its new Holocaust Memorial, dedicated to both Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Nazi extermination as well as to those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The memorial is located on the north lawn of the synagogue. It features a set of railroad tracks leading to a Jewish star mounted on a stone wall and engraved with the names of the Nazi concentration camps. The tracks are meant to evoke the trains in which the victims were delivered to the camps. But the 11 railroad ties also symbolize 9/11, another chapter in the history of hatred and intolerance and a tragedy in which a congregant, Howard Kestenbaum lost his life. The memorial will also include an area with stone benches for meditation and reflection. The project, spearheaded by Men’s Club President Emeritus Max Kutcher, has been years in the making.

April 11 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, also known as Yom Hashoah, which marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising during World War II. The service, to be held outside at the memorial, will include music sung by Cantor Marsha Schreier.

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For more information, call the temple office at 973-239-0754.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Now back in Verona, she contributes to a variety of publications and Web sites, and consults on social media. In Verona, she serves on the Verona Environmental Commission and HBW SCA, and has been part of many other civic and religious groups in town. A graduate of Rutgers University’s Environmental Stewards program, she has also run an after-school program on the environment for elementary school children here. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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