The Holocaust Council of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation) is cosponsoring two Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemorations on Monday, April 8. Both programs are free and open to the community.

A professionally staged reading from Windows, the 2012 winner of the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest’s Shoah Stories on Stage contest, will highlight the commemoration in the Wilkins Theatre of Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Written by Melissa Schaffer of Montclair, Windows is based on the actual experiences of a local Holocaust survivor. The reading will be performed by members of the Jewish Plays Project. The commemoration is being sponsored by the Holocaust Council and Kean University’s Holocaust Resource Center. Students age 8-21 attending the event are eligible for a prize drawing for an iPad, courtesy of the Continuity of Student Education Initiative. Sign-language interpretation will be available. RSVPs are encouraged by visiting www.jfedgmw.org/yomhashoah or calling (973) 929-3194.

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Holocaust survivor Sarah Weiner will be the featured speaker at the Yom Hashoah commemoration in the Annunciation Center, College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. and be followed by a dessert reception in honor of Holocaust survivors. The program will include remarks by Sr. Francis Raftery, president, College of St. Elizabeth; Howard Rabner, Federation COO; and Mark Weitzman, director of government affairs, Simon Wiesenthal Center. Cantor Joel Caplan of Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell and Fr. Joseph Farias of St. Thomas More Church in Morristown will lead the closing prayers. Further information is available by contacting holocaustcenter@cse.edu or (973) 290-4387.

Further information about Holocaust Council programs and services is available by contacting holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org or calling (973) 929-3067.

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