A dozen candles will be lit today to signify the light and life that rises in the aftermath of the Holocaust as part of a memorial service for those killed in the genocide.
This end to Holocaust and Genocide Awareness week will be a mellow event, said Josh Samet, the CSU campus director for the Jewish group Hillel. But, he said, it will be a nice way to wind down the week.
The service will include readings, songs, prayers and poetry to celebrate life but mourn those who have been lost.
â€œItâ€™s mostly a time to remember,â€ said Ashley Lauwereins, the president of CSUâ€™s Hillel chapter and a senior journalism and technical communications major.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik, co-director of the Chabad Jewish Center, said that the Holocaust holds a special value for himself and his family.
â€œI come from a family of survivors,â€ he said. â€œBut it is truly a miracle that I was born.â€
His heritage, he said, creates a passion that he invests in the community and in his work.
â€œIt is important that the world knows the sort of terrible things men can do,â€ Gorelik said.
Holocaust and Genocide Awareness week has gone over fairly smoothly this year, Samet said. There was a good turnout from both the Jewish community and the Poudre School District.
â€œThe point of this is just bringing awareness,â€ Samet said. â€œBeing aware, and never forgetting.â€
Ziad Kamel Mughrabi, a 1968 CSU alumnus, said he would like to see the week extended to include awareness of war crimes wherever they occur.
â€œMy regret and sorrow grows when I see that the world is silent, when those in D.C. turn their eyes away from terror happening in the Holy Land.â€
â€œCSU is capable of being a stage for peace and human decency by being vocal in support of freedom and justice for all people wherever they are,â€ he said. â€œI want it that way.â€
The memorial will be held today in the Grey Rock Room of the Lory Student Center from 4 to 5 p.m.
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