Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) is Thursday, May 2 and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies along with the Temple of the High Country and Appalachian State University’s Hillel chapter and Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) chapter will be hosting a public reading of the names of European Jews murdered by the Germans and their allies during the Holocaust. This reading is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the outdoor space between Appalachian’s Belk Library and Information Commons and the University’s Bookstore in Plemmons Student Union (in the event of rain, the event will take place in the entry foyer of the Belk Library).
After the readings, participants, campus and community members are invited to walk together in silence to the Temple of the High Country, located at 1043 West King Street, where a ceremony that encompasses the lighting of candles and the saying of the mourner’s Kaddish will conclude the day’s events. This ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. and participants can gather in the same location as the readings.
Anyone interested, may sign up to read names by clicking here: Name Readings. Additionally, people may RSVP at this link for the event: Yom HaShoah. For questions, contact the Center at 828.262.2311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For the ceremony at the Temple, please email email@example.com.
About the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies
Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies was founded in 2002 to develop new educational opportunities for students, teachers, and the community. Located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding, and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and utilizing these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of further genocides.
The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies is an associate institutional member of the Association of Jewish Studies, a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and of the North Carolina Consortium of Jewish Studies.