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October 30, 1998 Southeastern Virginia Jewish News Holocaust Commission and Chrysler Museum mark 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Nov. 8 Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m., the Holocaust Commission of the United JeWish Federation of Tide- water and The Chrysler Museum of Art will join together to mark the 60th anniversary of Kristall- nacht. Kristallnacht, or "the night of broken glass," was an organized pogrom on Nov. 9, 1938, in Ger- many which broke the dam of hatred and violence against Euro- pean Jewry by the Nazis and fully opened the door to the beginning of the Holocaust, foreshadowing the creation of the "Final Solu- tion." After coming to power in 1933, the Nazis had systematically stripped, German Jews of their basic civil rights and any real free- dom to live and work in Germany through the Nuremburg Laws. As skilled propagandists, the Nazis were waiting only for an excuse to escalate their anti-Semit- ic agenda to a more comprehen- sive and systematic plan to rid Germany of Jews. Herschel Gryn- szpan, a young Jewish student, liv- ing in Paris, provided it for them. On Nov. 7, 1938, outraged that his parents had been deported from Germany to Poland, he went to the Germany embassy in Paris to assassinate the German ambas- sador and mistakenly shot Coun- selor Ernst von Rath instead. Ernst yon Rath died on Nov. 9 and that evening and for the next 48 hours, as the German police and fire fighters stood by without inter- vening, thousands of shops and homes were destroyed and over 1000 synagogues were burned to the ground. Hundred of Jews were suddenly pulled from their homes, publically humiliated, beaten or murdered, often by their neighbors. 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps. The sud- den influx of prisoners was so great that the concentration camps of Dachau, Buchenwald and Sachenhausen had to be expanded. To mark the anniversary David Katz, a member of the Holocaust commission and a witness to Kristallnacht, will speak in The Chrysler Museum's auditorium at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. The pro- gram is free with museum admis- sion. Also currently at the museum in the photography gallery is the exhibition, "Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust." The works combine the testimony of Holocaust survivors with their con- temporary portraits, juxtaposed with faded snapshots of the same survivors from the past. The exhib- it continued through Dec. 13: Those wishing further informa- tion may call The Chrysler Muse- um of Art at 664-6200 or the UJFT at 671-1600. Beginner's Service at B'nai Israel Nov. 14 The "Beginner's Service" can now be found in synagogues and temples all over the United States, and starting on Saturday, Nov. 14, the Beginner's Service will be found in Southeastern Virginia. Offered at B'nai Israel Congrega- tion in Norfolk, the service will be led each week by Rabbi Yosef Friedman. Twenty three years ago, a phe- nomenon began in synagogue worship in the United States that forever changed the way tens of thousands of people view prayer. In 1975. the world-renowned Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City began the "Beginner's Service" as the first special service for "people with little or no background." The service started with only three members, one of whom was the avante garde composer, Steve Reich. It was at Reich's sugges- tion that a Beginner's Service was inaugurated, as he and his wife, Bery] Korot, the weaver, were searching for a way to become more familiar with the "traditional Hebrew Sabbath ser- vices. In a very short time, the Begin- ner's Service became an extreme- ly popular and well attended Sab-  bath service, to the extent that the synagogue had to stop publicizing its existence. Attendees include people fromall walks of life. High school students and grand- mothers, doctors and lawyers, as well as -a large number of people in the arts and literary fields. One of the Broadway actors, Eddie Jacobs, who appeared in Barnum, eventually moved to Israel to study in a Yeshiva and married the daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the founder of the beginner delivers the D'var Torah (Torah message) relating to the weekly Torah portion. The service that will be held at B'nai Israel will begin at 9 a.m. "I know that it is early," Rabbi Fried- man conceded, "but I feel very strongly about being the one to lead this program, and frankly, I need to be back in the main Sanc- tuary by 10 a.m. for the Torala reading.'" Friedman explained that the service will cover the main parts of the morning liturgy, including many of the songs that are sung by the congregation. "A key part of the program is the educational component. We will be spending quite a bit of time explaining the 'why's and the 'what's and the 'how's of prayer." Following the service, at 10 a.m., participants will be free to join the congrega- tion for the rest of the service, or leave perhaps to attend other synagogues in town. The Beginner's Service is open to the entire community. There is no fee to attend. Those wishing more information may call the synagogue office at 627-7358. "Holocaust Poem" marks 60th anniversary of infamous Kristallnacht in Germany (Editor's Note: - the following "Holocaust Poem" wta- written by Aaron Friednum, a 14-year old grandson of Herbert and JoyceFriedman of Tulewater. On Nov. 14, the world will commemorate the 60th osmiversary of Kristallnacht. Herbert Fried- man, who lived in Henna at the time, was fortunate to be fleeing Auxtria on a Kindertransport on his 14th birthday in 1938. Most of his family ,was deported and did not survive. Aaron, who is the son of Mark and Ellen Friedman of Baltimore, wrote the poem in memo O" of that day) Holocaust Poem by Aaron Friedman Walking through the halls of the living dead Dead in body But alive through their stories, That are repeated over and over. I reflect and realize What would happen if I was at the selection on the platform of Auschwitz? I look strong I might have been selected to live And to toil endlessly To prolong the hell that had engulfed the world and my life. What of my family, My brothers and mother would almost certainly perish in the gas chambers And rot as ash in the crematorium. My father might live, But probably not. ff this happened I would be alone Just as the souls Of the living dead GIFTING APPRECIATED SECURITIES THROUGH AN EZRA ANNUITY How can you avoid riding the waves of volatility and conserve cash? How can you receive a'guaranteed payment for life if you are at least 55 years of age (or possibly 50 if you wish to defer payment to a future date)? 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