Yom HaShoah & Yellow Candle

Yom Ha'Shoah Starts Wednesday Evening, May 1, 2019


Each year, every Beth Emeth member family receives a Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle with the compliments of the Congregation Beth Emeth (CBE) Men’s Club. We hope that you will once again join with the other members of Congregation Beth Emeth and your family on Wednesday evening, May 1, Erev Yom HaShoah, to light this candle. The act of kindling this flame and reading the enclosed meditation is a moving ritual to remind us of what happened to the Jewish people not so long ago.

The theme of the 2019 Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle label is Children of the Holocaust. Artist Stan Z. Greenspan, used images of children in the ghettos and the camps, all of whom were forced to wear the yellow star with the word “Jude” (Jew).

In the spirit of remembrance, we encourage you to give tzedakah in memory to those who did not survive the Holocaust. Through your generosity using the form below, we can continue to purchase and mail the yellow candles each and every year.  Net proceeds received from the Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle program will be used to fund Holocaust and other related programming at CBE.

The 2019 Northern Virginia Holocaust Commemoration

Sunday, May 5, 2019

This year’s community Yom HaShoah Holocaust Commemoration will be Sunday, May 5 at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. This year's program theme is Memory and Legacy. Teen program starts at 4:30 PM; adult programs start at 5:00 PM with the main community commemoration at 7:00 PM. Event details can be found on the JCRC website. CBE is a co-host congregation this year, and we hope you will consider volunteering to help at the event for an hour or two.


Yom Ha'Shoah Meditation

The Blessing of the Yellow Candle

As I light this Yellow Candle, I vow never to forget the lives of the Jewish men, women and children who are symbolized by this flame.  They were tortured and brutalized by human beings who acted like beasts; their lives taken in cruelty.  May we be inspired to learn more about our six million brothers and sisters as individuals and as communities and to recall their memories throughout the year.  May we recall not only the terror of their deaths, but also the splendor of their lives.  May the memory of their lives inspire us to hallow our own lives and to live meaningful Jewish lives so that we may help to insure that part of who they were shall endure always.

                                                                                      -- Rabbi Jules Harlow


Online Donation Form

Using the form below, your donation will be added to your next Beth Emeth statement. If you prefer to make your contribution by mail or are not a CBE member, please print out this form and return it to the synagogue with a check made payable to CBE Men’s Club.

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