NSW CCJ Sho'ah Commemoration Service – in the Crypt at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney on Wednesday 17 April 2013


The NSW CCJ held its annual Sho’ah Commemoration at St Mary’s Cathedral in The Crypt, a very evocative space which we have used in previous years.
This year, our speaker was Irving Wallach who spoke of how his mother was saved in Poland during the war by her non-Jewish neighbour. A copy of the Jwire article that I found about the subject matter of the talk, can be viewed here.
It was a well attended event and there were members of State Parliament such as David Clarke MLC, His Honour Justice Stephen Rothman, representatives of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and other Jewish communal groups, Holocaust survivors and Christians of various denominations, present.
The event was most evocative, with the text and readings principally written by Sr Marianne Dacy and read by her and Sr Giovanni Farquer, both of whom are well known to the Jewish community for their interfaith dialogue work.
A copy of the Order of Service can be downloaded here.
The choir was the Mater Chorale, accompanied on the organ. One work it sang was “Inscription of Hope”, the words for which came from an inscription found on the walls of a cellar beneath Cologne, made by Jews hiding there during the war.
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