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Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial

Sunday, April 16, 2023 25 Nisan 5783

4:00 PM - 6:00 PMIn Person and Online



The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS) in conjunction with the Vermont Holocaust Memorial are planning a tribute to the spirit of resistance—and a solemn remembrance of the Jewish and other victims of the Holocaust, the unprecedented genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany and its allies during World War Two. The commemoration and
concert will be held at JCOGS, 1189 Cape Cod Road, Stowe, at 4PM on Sunday, April 16 th .

Featured as part of the commemoration will be a concert entitled Whispers From the Past, performed by
Temple Trio, musicians from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Laura Markowitz, violin; Ana
Ruesink, viola; and John Dunlop, cello. Musicologist and child of Holocaust survivor, Berta Frank, will
host the event.

“For many of the doomed inmates of Theresienstadt (Terezín) concentration camp in
Czechoslovakia, and other sites of murder and horror, composing and performing music helped to
preserve their souls,” said Debora Steinerman, president and cofounder of the Vermont Holocaust
Memorial, an organizer of the event. “These compositions are vital historical records of a painful
time and afford us a glimpse of some of the feelings experienced by many of these prisoners.”

“This concert is testimony to the power of music which served as a source of comfort, of resistance,
and as entertainment during the Holocaust,” said Steinerman. “We are grateful to have these
Vermont musicians bring back, if only for a few minutes, the sounds and feelings from those who
dared to compose such astonishing music, and those who dared to listen and, in their way, fight

Besides music of composers who perished in the camps, there will be music of two composers who
lived through the Holocaust, as well as some Yiddish songs. The commemoration will also include
a memorial candle lighting ceremony and prayers.

This Holocaust Remembrance Day program at JCOGS, is co-sponsored by Vermont Holocaust
Memorial, Beth Jacob Synagogue, Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, and the Vermont Symphony
Orchestra. It is free, accessible, and open to the public.

The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS) is a growing unaffiliated congregation
embracing all denominations of Jewry. Conceived in 1988, our mission is "to create and sustain an
environment which perpetuates and celebrates Jewish traditions, observances and sense of

The Vermont Holocaust Memorial, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, based out of Jeffersonville,
is working to advance Holocaust education throughout Vermont. Further information can be found

Beth Jacob Synagogue is an inclusive, community-led congregation fulfilling the spiritual,
educational, and social needs of its members by nurturing a range of religious practices and
traditions, Jewish values, and Tikkun Olam.

The Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition includes the Baha’i Faith, Blessed Sacrament Catholic
Church, Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church,
Stowe Community Church, and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Stowe.

JCOGS is located at 1189 Cape Cod Road in Stowe. For more information on the commemoration
or the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe please visit or call the office at 802-

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