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Recipient of the 2003 Solomon Schechter Silver Award for Excellence in Synagogue Programming

This 24-hour annual event is coordinated by Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club. Volunteers sign up in 15 minute increments to read the names of those perished in the Holocaust. The names are read from 9PM Saturday until 9PM Sunday. If you prefer, we invite you to listen…be a witness as the names are read.

Many of the Holocaust victim’s names have not been mentioned in over 70 years. Most of the time, victims were only known by their number and never received a proper memorial. You now have the opportunity to rekindle their spirit by reading and/or listening to their names.

Press coverage from previous years. Click a link or image to read—

Congregation slowly makes its way through Holocaust list

A day to remember: Congregation Beth Torah to hold candlelight vigil for Holocaust victims

Richardson’s Congregation Beth Torah remembers victims of Holocaust

Congregation Beth Torah holds 13th 24-Hour Reading of the Names

Richardson synagogue to hold remembrance vigil

2011 TJP Reading of the Names

To read names for 2016, sign up in Congregation Beth Torah’s lobby or call Carren in the CBT office at 972.234.1542 x221. Live out of the area? Read via Skype. Contact Ed, Laura, and Jeff by the email below.


Program

Saturday 9PM

  • Havdalah Service led by our Congregational Learning Center students
  • Candle lighting ceremony in the Sanctuary remembering the 11 million victims of the Holocaust
  • Reading of the names and “Bearing Witness by Listening” for 24 hours begins

Sunday

  • 8:30 AM Shacharit Service
  • 9:15 AM Breakfast Program (breakfast is $7 per Men’s Club member / $10 per non-member / $5 per student)
  • 9:30 AM Holocaust Memorial Program
    • Rabbi Elana Zelony, Congregation Beth Torah leads a discussion on some excerpts from Victor Frankl’s work, “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Concentration camp survivor, Dr. Frankl, examined the question of resilience and hope in the face of utter darkness. Dr. Frankl writes, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” We will study and discuss some of his research and learn how humanity is capable of finding light in even the darkest places.
    • Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, Professor of Literature and History, The Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies, University of Texas at Dallas—When the Danube Ran Red. Dr. Ozsvath’s just–published book deals with her first understanding of the Holocaust when, as a young child, she heard fugitives from Austria and Hungry talking about the Nazis. But then, after the Germans occupied Hungry, they didn’t need to listen anymore: “we ran for our lives.” Dr. Ozsvath will be available after the program for a book signing.
    • The Blue Cross Blue Shield Voices of Diversity and Cong Beth Torah Singers
    • Personnel Reflections from community members that have participated in CBT’s Holocaust Remembrance Vigil
  • 12PM Continue with Reading of the Names and “Bearing Witness by Listening”
  • 8:45 PM Circle of Life—Community joins together in forming a circle and reading names in turn. Participants are encouraged to bring the names of their loved ones who perished.
  • 9:00 PM Closing remarks and Maariv Service

Prior to sunset…

4 May (Wednesday) Erev Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), light a Shoah Yellow Candle: The Forgotten YAHRZEITS. Click here to read about this particular candle. Candles are available at Congregation Beth Torah. Click here for a printable copy of the candle meditation. All donations benefits Reading of the Names programming.

For more information contact…

Ed Matisoff (972.208.2632), Jeff Markowitz (972.618.1997), Laura Matisoff (214.789.0591), Earl Bills (465.585.1049), or Steve Popik (972.895.0184) or email ReadingNames@congregationbethtorah.org.