Rose French writes about religious and spiritual matters for the Star Tribune. Before arriving in the Twin Cities this fall, she covered religion for the Associated Press in Tennessee, where she wrote about the Southern Baptists, United Methodists, Gideons and other religious groups and issues.
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Today is Yom HaShoah — also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day — and this year’s Twin Cities commemoration of the tragic event will be held tonight at 7 at Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights.
Featured in the commemoration is Ovation, the performance choir of One Voice Mixed Chorus, with a special performance by Minnesota Orchestra associate principal cellist Janet Horvath.
The annual event honors the memory of the six million Jews and other victims murdered in the Holocaust. Survivors of the Holocaust are invited to light candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Members of the Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota (CHAIM) will also assist in lighting candles.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas has organized and hosted the Twin Cities Yom HaShoah Commemoration for nearly three decades. The commemoration is free and open to the public.
The commemoration is co-sponsored by CHAIM, Beth Jacob Congregation, Minneapolis Jewish Federation and United Jewish Fund and Council of St. Paul.