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Shabbat Kristallnacht Service

Friday, November 9, 2018 • 1 Kislev 5779

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Temple Beth El observes the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," which terrified German Jews living under increasing threats from the German government. Jewish businesses were looted and torched, synagogues were sacked, and Jews were arrested, including the founding rabbi of Temple Beth El, Rabbi Manfred Swarsensky. Kristallnacht represented an escalation of violence against the Jews of the Third Reich, which led to the imposition of the so-called Final Solution. In song, story, and word, we will remember those killed in the Holocaust.

Beginning at 7:30 pm, Rabbi Jonathan Biatch and Les Goldsmith will officiate. Rabbi’s remarks are entitled, “The Singular Act of Doubling Down: Antisemitic and Unapologetic in America.” (Please note: Our Temple Beth El choir, originally scheduled to appear tonight and offer music appropriate for the observance of Kristallnacht, will offer this special music in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day at its appearance on January 11, 2019. The choir’s next presentation to the community will be on December 14.)

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