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Kol Israel 2017 Holocaust Memorial

Kol Israel 2017 Holocaust Memorial
Zion Memorial Park
Bedford Heights
September 24, 2017

Kol Israel Foundation is an organization of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, their families, and supporters. Each year they hold an annual Memorial Service.

The 56th annual Memorial Service was held at Zion Memorial Park in Bedford Heights on Sunday September 24, 2017. It was co-sponsored by Kol Israel Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. In 1961, Kol Israel built one of the first monuments in the United States dedicated to the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Ashes of the victims from concentration camps are buried beneath it and the names of deceased family members are engraved on its surrounding wall.

The ceremony included a special dedication of the Kol Israel Memorial Monument’s Historical Marker. The marker, granted by the Ohio History Connection, acknowledges the Monument as the first of its kind in the United States.

The ceremony began with Avi Goldman introducing the Jewish War Veterans who carried the flags.

Avi Goldman

Avi Goldman


Avi Goldman

Color Guard at Holocaust memorial

Color Guard at Holocaust memorial

Then Michael Hennenberg, a son of a Holocaust survivor, read a Memorial Prayer.

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Michael Hennenberg

Michael Hennenberg


Then, MC Avi Goldman introduced Charles Gruenspan, a son of a Holocaust survivor, who sang Ani Maamin prayer.


Charles Gruenspan

Charles Gruenspan


Avi Goldman then introduced many friends and supporters of the effort including two war veterans who had helped liberate the camps.



Liberators

Liberators


Event Co-chair Mark Frank told the story of how the Memorial achieved an Ohio Historical marker.



Mark Frank

Mark Frank


Mark Frank

Becky Trivison is a history curator at the Ohio History Connection. She told how the Ohio Historical Marker program began in 1957 and that there are now about 1600 markers in Ohio. She told how the Marker came to be and then she and Mark Frank unveiled the marker.



Becky Trivison

Becky Trivison

Becky Trivison and Mark Frank

Becky Trivison and Mark Frank

Becky Trivison and Mark Frank

Becky Trivison and Mark Frank unveil the Ohio Historical marker

Becky Trivison and Mark Frank
unveil the Ohio Historical marker


See the Ohio Historical Marker and more of the Memorial

Joshua Kramer introduced the 6 people for the Candle Lighting ceremony for the six million martyrs. Introduced were Ruth Barna & Helen Cyncynatus, Fred Birnstock, Kelly Millstone & Niki Lustig, Paula Scoenberg Stevens, Ruth Bergrin Gordon and Dr. Jeff Silver.



Joshua Kramer

Joshua Kramer



Candle Lighting ceremony for the six million martyrs


Candle Lighting ceremony for the six million martyrs


Candle Lighting ceremony for the six million martyrs


Candle Lighting ceremony for the six million martyrs


Candle Lighting ceremony for the six million martyrs


Candle Lighting ceremony for the six million martyrs


Candle Lighting ceremony for the six million martyrs


Candle Lighting ceremony for the six million martyrs


Next, MC Avi Goldman introduced Kol Israel president Muriel Weber who said they would never forget.



Avi Goldman

Avi Goldman


Kol Israel president Muriel Weber

Kol Israel president Muriel Weber


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Next, Jewish Federation of Cleveland president Gary Gross shared some personal stories.



Jewish Federation of Cleveland president Gary Gross

Jewish Federation of Cleveland president Gary Gross


Jewish Federation of Cleveland president Gary Gross

Next, Shirley Frum Cohen shared some personal reflections.



Shirley Frum Cohen

Shirley Frum Cohen


Rabbi Richard Block from The Temple-Tifereth Israel spoke next.



Rabbi Richard Block

Rabbi Richard Block


Charles Gruenspan then led Tehillim and Kol Mole Rachamim.



Charles Gruenspan then led Tehillim and Kol Mole Rachamim

Charles Gruenspan


Charles Gruenspan then led Tehillim and Kol Mole Rachamim

Then Rabbi Richard Block from The Temple-Tifereth Israel led the Mourner's Kaddish.



Rabbi Richard Block

Rabbi Richard Block

Rabbi Richard Block

MC Avi Goldman thanked his co-chair Mark Frank and concluded the program. The color guard marched out and the Holocaust survivors posed for a photo.



Avi Goldman and Mark Frank

Avi Goldman and Mark Frank


Color Guard leaves memorial

Holocaust Survivors Group Photo

Holocaust Survivors Group Photo


Holocaust Survivors Group Photo

Crowd at Memorial

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