Bayonne’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Service is scheduled for Monday, April 24, at 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers at 630 Avenue C. The event is sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of Bayonne and the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy, and is hosted by the City of Bayonne. Mayor Jimmy Davis is the honorary chairman of the program.
The featured part of the program this year will be a video interview with Holocaust survivor Manya Frydman Perel. The interview was conducted by Patricia Iannaci, who is a student filmmaker at Rowan University and a graduate of Bayonne High School. At the service, prayers and reflections will be offered by Jewish and Christian clergy and a representative of Bayonne’s Muslim community.
Mayor Jimmy Davis, City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, State Assembly members Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Angela McKnight, and other elected officials will present proclamations and offer brief remarks. Members of Bayonne’s veterans’ groups will carry the colors and the banners of their posts. Bayonne students will also participate in the processional.
Hara Benjamin-Garritano, a cantorial soloist from Temple Beth Am, will lead the singing of Hatikvah. Alan Smulen, a baritone with the Opera Theatre of Montclair, will lead the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner. They will be accompanied by Alyssa Baez.
The event will include a candle-lighting ceremony in which Holocaust survivors and others will take part.
The winner of the Holocaust essay contest at Bayonne High School will read from the essay and will receive an award sponsored by the Preminger and Epstein families.
Arnold Wendroff is President of the UJA Federation of Bayonne. Dr. Ellen Goldberg is the Executive Director of the UJA Federation and the Jewish Community Center. Helene Kessel Nagiar and Joseph E. Ryan will co-chair the service.
For more than three decades, this memorial program has taken place in the City Council Chambers at 630 Avenue C, Bayonne. The public is invited to attend.