Seventy-years ago, allied forces liberated Holocaust survivors and brought an end to World War II.   With the joy of liberation, survivors had to contend with the wounds and trauma engendered by their experience.  

     This year’s Yom Ha’Shoah V’Hagvurah Community Commemoration, presented annually by MorseLife Health System and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, will focus upon the lives of survivors in the shadow of the Holocaust.   The program will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 pm at The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, 4920 Loring Drive in West Palm Beach.

     The theme of this event is “After Liberation” and will also include a special guest speaker, Char Plotsky, a survivor from Belgium; a traditional candle-lighting by area youth in partnership with local Holocaust survivors; as well as musical performances, and remarks by community leaders, public officials and interfaith leaders.  Rabbi Alan Sherman of MorseLife will lead prayers.

     The event on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 pm at The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, is free and open to the public.  For more information and to RSVP, call (561) 242-6671.