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 A Message from the Public Information Office

Apr 28, 2008

Cambridge Citywide Holocaust Commemoration May 14

The City of Cambridge will be holding the annual Citywide Holocaust Commemoration Program on Wednesday, May 14, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Temple Beth Shalom, 8 Tremont St., Cambridge.

Remembering all those who perished during this tragic period, the Cambridge commemoration will feature an evening of music, candle lighting, and remarks. This year's music program will feature instrumental music by clarinetist Ray S. Jackendoff, a performance by the Cambridge Community Chorus, and a medley of Roma songs performed by Petra Gelbart. The evening offers an opportunity for members of the community to call out the names of those who perished.

Jack Trompetter, a Holocaust survivor and “hidden child” will offer remarks. A Cambridge resident, Trompetter was only 3 months old when he was separated from his Jewish parents and sent to live on a farm with a Protestant family in the Netherlands in 1942. According to Trompetter, "I take it upon myself to tell the story because people are dying, and there will be no one left to tell it."

The program welcomes all communities of Cambridge – including children and adults and people of all faiths and traditions. According to planning committee member Vali Buland, "The opportunity to remember the Holocaust in these times provides an opportunity for the community to share sadness, but also hope and determination for an end to all suffering – individual and collective."

For more information, call the Mayor’s office at 617-349-4321.

Temple Beth Shalom is located on Tremont Street, just off Broadway, near Central Square. Parking will be available at St. Mary’s Church at Harvard and Norfolk Streets is available. Resident permits will not be required for nearby street parking.

We will provide sign language interpreters and other accommodations to people with disabilities for this event upon request. Please make such requests at least two weeks in advance, whenever possible by contacting the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities at 617-349-4692 (voice) or 617-492-0235 (TTY).



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