During the month of May, the Schwartz/Reisman Centre will be hosting many different events to honour Jewish Heritage Month. One of the most meaningful events for the staff and community is their annual Yom Hashoah commemoration.
Each year the centre hosts an observance to remember the lives of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust. This year it was held on Thursday , May 5th at 10:45-11:30am in the East Atrium of the SRC. The ceremony was put on by JRoots and saw many staff members and students educate the crowd through a mix of videos, songs, poems, prayers. The commemoration culminated in a very special candle lighting ceremony. The ceremony saw Board members and SRC staff join together with war veterans and Holocaust survivors to light candles in honour of those that we lost.
One of the most impactful parts of the ceremony was having the ability to hear a soldier’s first hand account of his time fighting in the war. Hearing about what he saw, felt and did struck a chord with every person seated in the building. As the years pass, we are losing more and more of the survivors who are able to share their experiences and stories. It is important to remember what they went through and to ensure that the future generations understand what sacrifices were made. It’s events like these that will ensure that for many years to come we ‘Never Forget’.