Saint John Jewish Historical Museum
91 Leinster Street
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 1J2
Tel : 506-633-1833
You are cordially invited to attend the
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY (YOM HASHOAH) OBSERVANCE
in the SHAAREI ZEDEK SYNAGOGUE
91 LEINSTER STREET, SAINT JOHN, N.B.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012; 7:30 P.M.
The program me will feature a keynote address by Ms. Ronnie Leighton Weston. Ronnie Weston is the daughter of survivors who escaped from Vienna in 1938. As a nonprofit fundraising consultant, author, mother and grandmother, Ronnie is committed to making sure that the Holocaust is memorialized beyond a few paragraphs in the history textbooks. “The way in which we remember the Holocaust will determine our future,” says Ronnie, former board member of the Florida Holocaust Museum and currently the development consultant to the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine and writer of Edith Pagelson’s memoirs, Against All Odds, A Miracle of Holocaust Survival, to be published later this month. A graduate of Washington University, Cum Laude and Hofstra University School of Law, Ronnie is an accomplished public speaker. Her presentation is entitled, Make Memories Matter-Stories that Speak and Images that Stick. Ronnie resides in Harpswell, Maine with her husband Evan and their dog Gibbs.
The annual Beatrice Cummings Mayer Prizes will be presented to high school students who participated in the Jewish Holocaust Study Group, jointly organized by the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum and the District 8 Enrichment Centre. The students’ work will be available for viewing in the Museum before and after the program.
Candles will be lit in memory of those who were killed during the Holocaust.
The programme will be followed by a short video featuring Mr. Bernard J. Finestone who joined the COTC while he was studying at McGill University and when the war broke out he was in officer training. Mr. Finestone served as a tank commander in Italy and during the Italian Campaign, he was seriously wounded. Mr. Finestone is an active speaker, especially to young Canadians about his military experiences and being a Jewish veteran.
This programme is made possible with financial assistance from The Atlantic Jewish Council through Veterans Affairs Canada, Congregation Shaarei Zedek, and the Harry and Mary Selick Cohen Memorial Fund (Saint John Jewish Historical Museum).