By Christina Sahovey
After a cold and really long winter, warmer weather is right around the corner! And everything that entails – sunshine, cookouts, swimming pools, flip-flops, concerts, and a whole host of other outdoor activities – will soon commence. Finally. We promise.
So why not get out of the house for a morning and join the Holocaust Center and Community Day School on Sunday, April 29 at 9:30 am for the Walk To Remember to celebrate the changing season? While the intent of the morning is deep and meaningful – we will walk around the block surrounding Community Day School six times, each lap representing one million of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust – this is ultimately a family-friendly event.
In addition to the walking, there will be a creative and thoughtful children’s activity, camaraderie with friends old and new, and lots of tasty refreshments. Most importantly, attendees will have the chance to meet some of the local survivors in person, and to hear stories from these amazing people while they are still with us. As an added bonus, you can leave the event knowing that you have just performed a mitzvah, as the proceeds raised from the Walk To Remember will go towards funding Holocaust education at both Community Day and the Holocaust Center!
The Walk To Remember is the brainchild of friend of the Holocaust Center, Jacki Savage Gelernter. When Jacki approached us in the fall of 2016 with this idea, we were on board immediately! Jacki’s intent was mainly to honor her mother-in-law, local camp survivor Francine Gelernter, as well as other survivors and their families. Inviting the general public to attend, in order for them to meet survivors and hear about their legacies, was also a part of the plan. Attendance for the Walk To Remember last year topped 130 participants in the inaugural program – a smashing success! For some participants, this was their first time engaging in a Holocaust Center event or even meeting a survivor in person.
The point of remembering and honoring local survivors and, in turn, learning from them and doing our part to create a more just and kind world is what the Walk To Remember is all about. This will continue to be the central theme for the second annual event on Sunday.
Says Savage Gelernter, “in a world that has sparked a ‘Never Again’ movement in our youth and across the land, in addition to more incidents of racism and antisemitism throughout the world, it’s these stories of courage, bravery, strength, and hope can impact our lives for the better!”
Prices for the Walk To Remember vary, from Individual ($18 for one person), Family/ Group of 2-4 ($36 in total), and Family/ Group of Five or More ($50 in total, with no maximum amount of participants). Included with this price is a free t-shirt, which we strongly encourage you to wear at the Walk (and continue to wear year-round!).
To make picking up your shirt as hassle-free as possible, we are offering two pick-up locations/ times: at the Holocaust Center (826 Hazelwood Ave) on Thursday, April 26 between 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm; and at Community Day School (6424 Forward Ave) on Friday, April 27 between noon – 3:00 pm. This way, you can skip the line on Sunday and even wash your shirt in advance, if you prefer. If you’d like to pay by check and cash, you can register in person on Thursday at the Holocaust Center between 4:00-6:30.
Sign up now to get the priority pricing – online registration will close at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 27! (Note: day-of registration will cost $18 per person, regardless of how many people are in your group!) and to ensure you get the t-shirt size of your choice!
So lace up your walking shoes, because we can’t wait to see you on Sunday, April 29th at 9:30 at Community Day School for the second annual Walk To Remember!