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Temple Sholom Invites Community to Holocaust Remembrance Service

Guest speaker Josef Korngruen will tell his story of escape from Nazi rule as a child. Credits: Temple Sholom

On Sunday, April 7, at 7 p.m., Temple Sholom of Fanwood/Scotch Plains will observe Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) with a special Service of Remembrance and Hope. All are welcome. This year’s service will focus on the voices of the children who lived through the Holocaust, as well as those who perished.

Guest speaker Josef Korngruen will tell his story of escape from Nazi rule as a child. Korngruen was born in Austria to Polish parents. It was only after his parents renounced their Polish citizenship and became stateless that they were issued papers that allowed his sisters and him to travel—one sister to Israel, one to America and Josef to England on the Kindertransport.

“As Holocaust survivors and those who managed to survive by living in hiding or escaping Nazi Germany to other parts of the world age, it is very important that we all learn stories from the Holocaust so we too can become witnesses,” said Ann Saltzman, chair of the Yom HaShoah Committee for Temple Sholom, professor of psychology (emerita) Drew University and director of the Drew University
Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.

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Music written by 11-year-old Alec Volkoviski for a music competition in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943 will be sung at the service, led by Cantor Darcie Sharlein. Also included will be readings from Anne Frank’s diary, stories and poems written by children imprisoned in Terezin concentration camp and excerpts from high holiday liturgy.

Former Temple Sholom confirmands will participate in the service as they pass the "mantle of memory" to the next generation.

Funding for the program is provided by the Nathanson Fund for Adult Education.

Temple Sholom is located in the Fanwood Presbyterian Church at the corner of Martine and LaGrande Avenues in Fanwood, NJ. The congregation’s chapel is around the corner off Marian Avenue. Please enter through the door on Marian marked Temple Sholom.  For more information, please call 908-889-4900, e-mail or visit

About Temple Sholom

Founded in 1913, Temple Sholom is a Reform Jewish Congregation led by Rabbi Joel N. Abraham. The Temple and its religious school is home to about 250 families from the greater Scotch Plains-Fanwood area. Currently residing within the Fanwood Presbyterian Church, the Temple has purchased five acres of land in Scotch Plains for its future home. Temple Sholom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. For more information about the Temple or joining the congregation, please call 908- 889-4900, e-mail, or visit

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