Yom Ha'Shoah - Virtual Holocaust Memorial Program

Remembering and Honoring New Orleans Holocaust Survivors

Join the New Orleans JCC on April 8 as we remember and honor the Holocaust survivors of New Orleans. This virtual Yom Ha'Shoah program will include survivors, family members of survivors, members of the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Committee, and local Jewish leaders.

Rabbi Judith Siegel of Temple Judea of Coral Gables will introduce the story of David Schaecter, who escaped Auschwitz to later piece his life back together in Miami. Through his powerful story, told in the documentary A Call to Remember,  we learn about the cruelty of intolerance and the strength of the human spirit.

This program is proudly supported by the Israel Engagement Fund: A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator, made possible by the generosity of several committed donors.

Free and open to the community
Virtual event


Program details

Betty B. Lazarus, Chairperson

Opening Prayer
Rabbi Joshua Pernick, Congregation Beth Israel

Introduction to A Call to Remember
Rabbi Judith Siegel, Temple Judea of Coral Gables

A Call to Remember, David Schaecter

Candle Lighting
Survivor Lila Millen with daughter Jennifer Fertel and grandson Mark Fertel
Survivor Anne Levy with daughter Robin Levy
Grandchild of survivors Mara Force with child of survivors Renee Zack
Children of survivors Henry Rosenblat and Ruth Loeffleholz
Children of survivors Roslyn Morris and David Kirzner
Jonny Lake with Betty Lazarus, representing the Mendler family

Ani Ma’Amin
Rabbi Katie Bauman, Touro Synagogue

El Moleh
Leopold Sher, Child of Survivors

Rabbi Bob Loewy, Rabbi Emeritus Congregation Gates of Prayer

Reading of the Names
Marilynn Galler Wohlstadter, Child of Survivors

Betty B. Lazarus, Chairperson

About A Call to Remember

A Call to Remember is the remarkable, life-affirming story of Miami Holocaust survivor David Schaecter. Born in a small village in Czechoslovakia, Schaecter was a small boy when the Nazis rose to power. He is the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. In this powerful documentary, Schaecter takes us on a journey—from his bucolic childhood to the struggle for survival he and his brother faced in Auschwitz, and finally, his dramatic escape as the Allies invaded. As David pieced his life together following the war, he became a founding member of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach. 

Holocaust Memorial Committee

Betty B. Lazarus, Chair
Aaron Ahlquist                                     
Jacqueline Ames                                              
Sammy Borenstein                                           
Richard Cahn                                                               
Joel Colman     
Mara Baumgarten Force                                   
Vivan Friedman                                    
Bobby Garon
Rabbi David Gerber
Cathy Glaser
Harvey Herstein
Kenneth Hoffman
David Kirzner
Rosa Langley
Anne Levy
Robin Levy
Ruth Loeffelholz
John Menzer
Roslyn Morris
Michelle Neal
Debbie Pesses
Henry Rosenblat
Karen Sher
Marilynn Galler Wohlstadter
Renee Zack
Wendy Goldberg, Associate Director JCC
Judy L. Yaillen, Director of Jewish Family Life, JCC


Date: April 8, 2021Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location:  Virtual J
Contact: Judy YaillenPhone: 504-897-0143Email: judy@nojcc.org

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