The 2022 Yom Hashoah Service Remembers the Children of the Shoah, Dedicates New Sculpture
Pictured is the tree sculpture unveiled at the Yom Hashoah service. From l. to r.: Deborah Oleshansky, Alex Limor, Joanna Sliwa, Leslie Saks, Felicia Anchor, Rabbi Saul Strosberg, Michael Gryll, Emily May
Holocaust survivors and children of survivors light memorial candles
This year’s community Yom HaShoah service was back in person on the grounds of the Gordon Jewish Community Center. Guest speaker, Joanna Sliwa, shared stories about the children of the Krakow Ghetto and dedicated a tree sculpture designed by artist Alex Limor and installed on the grounds of the Nashville Holocaust Memorial. The tree will be the focal point for the Butterfly Project which will begin in the 2022-23 school year. The Butterfly Project is a call to action through education and the arts, which teaches social justice through lessons of the Holocaust, educating participants about the dangers of hatred and bigotry to cultivate empathy and social responsibility. Nashville’s Jewish community will join other communities in this effort to create 1.5 million butterflies to honor the memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children killed during the Holocaust. The program included Amalia Strosberg, Rabbi Saul Strosberg, Cantor Sarah Levine, and community students who lead us in Hatikvah at the close of the service.
Guest speaker Joanna Sliwa shares stories of the children of the Krakow Ghetto
Sculptor Alex Limor discusses his inspiration for the sculpture he created to honor the memory of the 1.5 million children murdered during the Holocaust