Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange will host its 10th annual Kristallnacht Commemoration at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.
Guest Speakers include Ron Meier, Executive Director, Yad Vashem, Senator Richard Blumenthal and special guest,
Last January, on the anniversary of Edmonds’ courageous act, Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of the late Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, received Israel’s “Yad Vashem” award on behalf of his father. President Barack Obama, along with Steven Spielberg, founder of the Shoah Foundation, participated in that event at the Israeli embassy in Washington DC.
Come celebrate the life-saving courage of one who chose to stand up to evil.
Eyewitnesses to Master Sgt. Edmonds’ courageous deeds will be in attendance.
Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, will host its annual Kristallnacht Program, Sunday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This year, Or Shalom will be honoring Ruth Gruber, an American journalist, photographer, writer, humanitarian and a former United States government official.
In January 1944, in the midst of the Holocaust, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the War Refugee Board to aid the persecuted minorities of Nazi-occupied Europe. The members of the Refugee Board soon arrived at a bold plan: they would set up a temporary haven for escapees from Nazism at Fort Ontario, in Oswego, NY. It was their hope that Fort Ontario would be the first of many shelters for Holocaust refugees in the U.S. (It turned out, however, to be the only one ever established on these shores.)
Upon hearing this news, Dr. Ruth Gruber, a 32 year-old journalist and special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior, volunteered for the task of implementing the Fort Ontario project. In the summer of 1944, she secretly crossed the U-boat infested waters of the Atlantic and soon returned to NY harbor with 982 traumatized survivors of the Holocaust.