Media Release

Chair DeLaney to declare Holocaust Remembrance Day

Friday, April 6, 2007 1:00 AM

1:15 p.m. 


ALACHUA COUNTY - During Gainesville's Annual Yom HaShoah Program commemorating the international Holocaust Remembrance Day, Paula M. DeLaney, Chair of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, will read a proclamation to recognize April 15, 2007 as "Holocaust Remembrance Day" in Alachua County, Florida. The program will be held at 7:00 p.m.on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at Congregation B'nai Israel, located at 3830 NW 16th Blvd.  The program is sponsored by the Jewish Council of North Central Florida.


Sheila Kanter, renowned artist from Tucson, Arizona will also be in attendance as an honored guest, and her Holocaust oil paintings will be on display at the event.   


Guest speaker Dr. Walter Ziffer will share his hope for human compassion in light of his experiences during the Nazi invasion of Europe:  "The Holocaust and God--A Survivor Reflects." He was born in Czechoslovakia and was interned in seven different concentration camps before being liberated in 1945. He has lectured extensively on the subject of the Holocaust, Theology, and Biblical Studies in the USA and Europe. 


This program is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend.  For more information, please contact Jordan, Yom HaShoah Committee Chairman at (352) 331-4807.


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  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).