70 Days for 70 Years Project
I would like to use my message this week to introduce you to the 70 for 70 project. I believe that this worldwide project, spearheaded by the United Synagogue, is one of the most worthwhile endeavors I have ever participated in and I really hope that you and your family will also take part.
The idea in a nutshell:
It is now 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. To mark this anniversary, all participants will read daily for 70 days one of the 70 inspirational essays in the 70 Days for 70 Years book. These essays have been written exclusively for the project by internationally renowned educators, historians and scholars.
This learning will be done in the memory of a named victim of the holocaust. David Berger זצ"ל in his last letter before he was murdered by the Nazis wrote, “I should like someone to remember that there once lived a person named David Berger”. This project aims to fulfil this wish by actively remembering as many as possible of the victims of the holocaust. Each of the six million was an individual and by each of us focusing on one person, remembering them and learning in their memory, we keep their memory alive and remind ourselves of the individual lives and personalities that horrifically enormous number represents.
Every participant family will be learning in the memory of a different person.
Every member family of our shul will receive a book and a memorial card. The individualized memorial card contains the personal details of the person in whose memory we ask you to learn. You can find out more the person in whose memory you are learning by visiting Yad Vashem’s website. www.yadvashem.org.
The project begins on Sunday so please come to the shul office as soon as possible to pick up your book and card. We will be mailing the books to those who cannot pick them up in person.
I really hope that you will choose to participate please do let me know if you will.
During these 70 Days and beyond there will be also a number of online and live events designed to complement the project. We hope that you will participate in them as well.
May this learning bring you and your families much blessing.