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Yom Hashoah Commemorative Service

Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen with violin
The Butterfly


4:30 PM
Run through at Shaarey Zedek.
We will check levels, formation, etc. and have to be out of the sanctuary by 5:30 (there is a daily evening service at that time).

5:30 PM
You will have time to go grab something to eat

6:30 PM
Back to the Synagogue

7:00 PM
Service starts

All black, no colour accents and everyone will get a small yellow star pin to wear (if you feel comfortable wearing it). In the synagogue, men are requested to wear a kippah (the little head coverings), everyone else is not required to wear one but you can if you'd like and they will be provided. 

If you are wearing a skirt or dress, please ensure the length is appropriate for the event (no bare legs and please have length around or below the knee). If you are wearing a skirt or dress, please wear black leggings so that there is no bare legs (not a religious thing, just a uniform thing). Also, shoulders should be covered. Those of you wearing pants, please make sure you wear dressy pants and a dressy shirt- jackets are welcome but not necessary.

Also, those of you with pink triangles are welcome to wear them.

About the service

From: Shaarey Zedek Synagogue website

Join us as we commemorate the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. We will also light a 7th candle in memory of the Roma and Sinti singled out for genocide and the countless other victims of the Nazis and their collaborators, among them: the disabled, gay men, Soviet POWs, political opponents, Jehovah’s witnesses, some members of the Christian clergy and others with whom the Nazis found fault for various reasons.

This year we welcome the participation of the Rainbow Harmony Project, Winnipeg’s Choir for the LGBTQ2* Community and their Straight Allies.

Guest readers of the Megillat Hashoah for 2017:

  • Mr. Artur Wilczynski, Head of Canada’s Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and Ambassador of Canada to Norway
  • Dr. Jody Perrun, Professor, University of Winnipeg: Antisemitism and the Holocaust 
  • Roberta Malam, Director of the Coast-to-Coast March of the Living Program 
  • Sister Bernadette O’Reilly, Bat Kol TriDiocesan Committee
  • Lutheran Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada 
  • Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Department Head, Native Studies, University of Manitoba 
  • Ray Dirks, Curator, Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery
  • Stanislao Carbone, Director of Programs and Exhibits for the Jewish Heritage Centre and Vice-Consul of Italy for Manitoba 
  • Antonio (Tony) Tavares, Consultant, Diversity Education and International Languages Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment Branch MB Education and Training 
  • Sumera Sahar, Founder and Executive Member, Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Winnipeg 
  • Amer Parwana, Sikh community, Manitoba Multifaith Council
  • Jessica Senehi, Associate professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba, and Coordinator of the Dr. Philip Weiss Award for Storytelling for Peace and Human Rights 
  • Major Ray Harris, Salvation Army and Secretary of Manitoba Multifaith Council
Earlier Event: February 5
Unitarian Church Service
Later Event: April 24
Spring Concert Schedule