We began the morning by inviting the whole congregation to light yahrzeit candles in memory of the 6 Million who perished in the Holocaust. As El Malai Rachamin, the traditional prayer chanted at funerals for the ascension of the souls of the
dead, was chanted the congregation was transfixed. We concluded with the mourners Kaddish and then Rabbi Capers Funnye spoke about the Mid Atlantic slave trade and it's relevance today. There are similarities between these two horrific events from our combined histories. Every year we dedicate one Sunday morning, the closest to Yom Hashoah and have a special t'filah, service. As survivors who can speak become not just harder to find but much fewer in number we realize we must look to change this commemoration in the future and this year's solution was meaningful and appropriate for all ages.
|Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Choir|
|Our Choir with Cong Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken|