More than sixty years have passed since the close of World War II, yet the memories of that horrific conflict continue to live in our society today. May 1, 2011 marks the start of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), a Jewish holiday that honors the millions of Jews who were herded into concentration camps and killed by the Nazis during World War II. Different versions of the holiday are celebrated around the world, and the United States is no exception. Even the affluent Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Indiana routinely recognizes Yom Hashoah, and this year is no different.
On Friday, May 6, 2011, the city of Carmel will present the 2011 Days of Remembrance Ceremony, their nod to Yom Hashoah. This Carmel event will take place on the second floor of the Carmel City Hall Council Chambers and will feature several community leaders. The keynote speech will be delivered by Isaiah Kuperstein, the former Director of Education at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and a current resident of Carmel. The Master of Ceremonies for the 2011 Days of Remembrance Ceremony will be Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla. Carmel mayor Jim Brainard will also be on hand to deliver a Civic Proclamation.
Other aspects of Carmel society will be represented at the 2011 Days of Remembrance Ceremony as well. Eighth grade Carmel children from the Beth-El Zedeck Sunday School will be giving a special presentation at the event, and once again soprano singer Melissa Pesia Cohen will lend her vocal talents to the Days of Remembrance Ceremony; the Carmel music performer has sang at the past few Yom Hashoah commemorations in Carmel. The 2011 Days of Remembrance Ceremony will begin at noon on Friday, Mary 6, 2011 at the Carmel City Hall in downtown Carmel and will last roughly an hour and a half; a light lunch will be served afterward. Since the goal of Yom Hashoah is to remember and honor those who lost their lives because of rampant hate, bigotry, and ignorance, this Carmel event is absolutely free and open to the public so all may remember.
2011 Day of Remembrance Ceremony
Friday, May 6, 2011 at noon
Carmel City Hall
One Civic Square
Carmel, IN 46032