Sar Shalom Messianic Recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sar Shalom Messianic Recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Day

  • 4/12/2018 11:26:53 AM
  • WMFD Staff
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Sar Shalom Messianic Congregation took time to recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed on April 12th this year.

Richland County Commissioner Marilyn John was present for Wednesday evening's event, presenting a proclamation recognizing Holocaust Remembrance Day that touched upon the ties between Ohio and Israel, both past and present.

Minister Steve McEllhatten spoke as well, recounting the timeline of events leading up to the holocaust. 

"Because they refused to conform to the cultural norms in the secular and other religious practices of the countries in which they lived, they became easy targets for those wanting someone to blame for all things that were not going well. They were blamed for everything from the Black Plague in Europe, to the financial depression, and even for being Christ killers. They were looked at as being inferior to the so-called Aryan race," he said.

He stressed the importance of remembering the tragic events and observing Holocaust Remembrance Day each year, encouraging citizens to speak out against discrimination and anti-Semitism.

Shoshanna Ricer Walker was also invited to speak to the congregation. She lost many family members in the holocaust, nearly extinguishing her family name, but shared the story of how her family rebounded and is now thriving, with 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Rabbi William Hallbrook offered closing thoughts and lead a prayer called the Mourner's Kaddish, which is meant to be a positive prayer of hope for the living.

The date of this international Remembrance Day is not always on April 12th; it corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

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