MONTVILLE, NJ – The Religious School students of the Pine Brook Jewish Center will be participating in a special program on May 1 to remember victims of the Holocaust.

Held at the PBJC, the ceremony will commemorate the Jewish holiday Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. The holiday was designated in 1951 by Israel’s parliament, and marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, according to

“Our students will be participating in this special program with poems, music and artwork,” Religious School Director Mary Sheydwasser said.

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The 115 members of the Religious School, grades three through seven, have designed butterflies, representing life, and they will be a colorful addition to the ceremony.

The program’s guest speaker, Robert Krakow, produced a documentary called “Complicit,” with interviews of some of the passengers on the S.S. St. Louis. The ship sailed on May 15, 1939 with 254 Jewish passengers. Unfortunately, Cuba, the United States and Canada did not allow them to disembark, and some say this was the signal to Hitler to begin the Holocaust.

The ceremony will be held at the PBJC on Sunday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m. and is open to the public. The Pine Brook Jewish Center is located at 174 Changebridge Rd, Montville, NJ 07045.