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Security Will Be Strong At Or Shalom Kristallnacht Program

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Nov 142018
 

The Or Shalom Men’s Club will host the annual Kristallnacht Program at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m.
This year’s Yellow Candle event honors Joseph DuBois who convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to help rescue thousands of Jews held captive by the Nazis during World War II.
The entire story will be told to all in attendance. Joseph’s son, Robert DuBois, will be among the dignitaries in attendance along with Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Please Note:  
. Security will be checking small bags, small pocketbooks and small backpacks. All other bags will need to be brought back to your car! 
. Our guest speaker’s book will be available for $25.00, check or cash only. 

Kristallnacht Commemoration At Or Shalom Features Special Guest Speakers

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 A street scene in Berlin, Nov. 17, 1938 shattered fronts of Jewish-owned stores.

A street scene in Berlin, Nov. 17, 1938 showing shattered fronts of Jewish-owned stores.

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,

Pastor Chris Edmonds, Piney Grove Baptist Church, Maryville, TN
Eyewitnesses well remember the day the Nazi commandant of the Stalag IXA Nazi prisoner of war camp ordered all Jewish-American prisoners to step forward and identify themselves. They remember the moment Master Sgt. Edmonds, the highest ranking soldier in the U.S. section of the camp, whispered: “We’re not doing that”.  Instead, Edmonds ordered his men to “stand together with the Jewish soldiers.”
screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-10-50-07-amWhen the Nazi commandant turned to Edmonds and bellowed: “These men cannot all be Jews!” Edmonds defiantly retorted: “We are all Jews here.”  The commandant then pointed his pistol at Edmonds’ head, demanding that he order his Jewish soldiers to identify themselves, to which Edmonds responded: “We know who you are; and when we win this war, you’ll be tried for war crimes.”  
It is estimated that Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, through his bravery, saved the lives of about 200 Jewish-American soldiers that day.

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.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, call: 203.799.2341  or e-mail: info@orshalom.org  
 
 

Congregation Or Shalom Honors Ruth Gruber during Nov. 3 Kristallnacht Program

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Ruth Gruber, then and now.

Ruth Gruber, then and now.

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.

Find out what happened next. Come at 9:00 am, prior to the event, to view the documentary film,“Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber.
All are welcome to attend.
This program is financially supported by the Men’s Club Yellow Candle Fund.
The Wepawaug-CT Valley West Rock Chapter of Hadassah is assisting the event with publicity.
Originally Published on: Oct 29, 2013 @ 14:40