Over 450 individuals attended the 2016 Yom HaShoah Commemoration & Community Gathering on May 1, 2016 at Temple Chai in Phoenix, Arizona.
Survivors and community members noshed and schmoozed before the commemoration at the Community Gathering. People from all walks of life attended and spoke with Survivors one-on-one about their experience during and their life after the Holocaust.
The 2016 Yom HaShoah Commemoration was, as in past years, meaningful and moving for those who attended. The Mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, spoke during the event as well as Charlotte Adelman, a survivor, who shared her survival story with the entire community.
Kol Chai (Temple Chai Youth Choir), the Greater Phoenix Jewish Community Choir and other performers shared their voices and passion with the community through classic Yiddish and Hebrew songs.
William Marhoffer, who was awarded The Bronia and Sam Bronkesh Jewish Spirit Prize, presented his award winning essay about lessons learned from the Holocaust.
Dr. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj was the 2016 recipient of the Shofar Zachor Award, like many recipients before, she was presented this award for her ongoing efforts that have developed the community’s knowledge, remembrance and respect for the Shoah.
Most importantly, during the Candle Lighting Ceremony, six survivors with their family and friends lit candles in memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Shoah. After which the community joined together to sing the National Anthem of Israel, “Hatikvah” (The Hope).