Photo Op/News Media Advisory - Yad Vashem Memorial Service brings children
and survivors together in a touching encounter of generations

    
                                Commemorating
                          Children in the Holocaust

                     Sunday, September 27/09 at 10:00 am

    Holocaust Survivors, Community Leaders and Students to Participate at
                            Earl Bales Park Event
    

TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem, the representative of Yad Vashem Jerusalem in Canada, will hold its Annual Memorial Service at the Holocaust Wall of Remembrance at Earl Bales Park (Bathurst St., South of Sheppard Ave.) on Sunday, September 27/09 at 10:00 am, on the eve of Yom Kippur, the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar.

The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem Holocaust Wall of Remembrance at Earl Bales Park was built by the Founders of the Society in 2001 to immortalize Holocaust victims murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. The Walls are etched with the names of precious souls who are relatives of Canadians as well as Canadian survivors, who courageously rebuilt their lives in Canada, and have since passed away.

This year's theme - Children in the Holocaust - recalls the 1.5 million children who were prevented from growing up and fulfilling their basic rights to live, dream, love, play and laugh. As part of the 2009 Memorial Service, Holocaust survivors and children from the Jewish community will participate in a variety of activities including reading names of children murdered in the Holocaust, blowing a shofar, reciting poems and singing stirring melodies.

Canadian Society for Yad Vashem National Chair Fran Sonshine who will serve as Master of Ceremonies said, "It is so moving and poignant that we are uniting two disparate generations - survivors together with our community's children. In this way, the imperative of learning about the lessons of the Holocaust are imbued into our next generation, the children that represent a future built on hope and optimism."

Attending dignitaries will include Senators, members of Parliament and prominent community leaders. The public is invited to attend.

The Hon. Monte Kwinter, MPP will bring greetings from Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Amir R. Gissin, Israel's Consul General in Toronto and Western Canada will deliver greetings on behalf of the State of Israel.

Yaron Ashkenazi, Executive Director of the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem said, "It is so important that our community's children commemorate the precious children of the Holocaust whose lives were tragically cut short so that they learn the lessons of peace, tolerance and human rights."

About Yad Vashem Jerusalem

Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Remembrance and Education Centre in Jerusalem (Yad Vashem) is the universal guardian and imparter of the Shoah's (Holocaust's) legacy and the protector of human values. Visited by over one million people annually, Yad Vashem is internationally recognized as being at the forefront of Holocaust commemoration, education, documentation and research. www.yadvashem.org

About The Canadian Society For Yad Vashem

The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem, established in 1986, functions as Yad Vashem's representative organization in Canada. As one of the largest and most prominent of Yad Vashem's twenty-eight representative bodies worldwide, the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem is charged with implementing Yad Vashem's vision across Canada. In this capacity, it works to raise awareness of the Holocaust and its universal lessons for all Canadian, through the promotion of educational initiatives and the organization of both high-profile commemorative events at the federal and provincial levels across Canada. The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem is located at 970 Lawrence Ave W, No.211 Toronto, ON M6A 3B6. Tel: 1-888-494-7999; 416-785-1333 www.yadvashem.ca

SOURCE CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR YAD VASHEM

For further information: For further information: The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem, David Eisenstadt, Communications Counsel, (416) 696-9900 ext. 36, deisenstadt@tcgpr.com; Beth Merrick, The Communications Group Inc., (416) 696-9900 ext. 40 or (416) 473-9881 (cell), bmerrick@tcgpr.com

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