Kol Israel 2019 Holocaust Memorial Zion Memorial Park
Bedford Heights October 6, 2019
Kol Israel Foundation is an organization of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, their families, and supporters. Each year they hold an annual Memorial Service "in memory of the six million innocent Jewish men, women and children who perished by the hands of the Nazis. Though their bodies have perished, their souls and their spirit will forever remain immortal."
The annual Memorial Service was held at Zion Memorial Park in Bedford Heights on Sunday October 6, 2019. 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 began with Memorial Co-Chair Avi Goldman introducing the Jewish War Veterans who carried the flags.
Jewish War Veterans
Then Michael Hennenberg, son of a Holocaust survivor, read a Memorial Prayer.
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Then, MC Avi Goldman introduced Charles Gruenspan, a son of a Holocaust survivor, who sang Ani Maamin prayer.
Muriel Weber then led the candle lighting ceremony to honor the six million martyrs of the Holocaust. Family representatives were Julian Kahan, Rita Pollack, Lee and Herry Lerer, Sarah Radzeli, Rose Gelbart and Lou Muller.
The Seventh Candle was lit by 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation descendants from the Somogyi/Newman Family.
Descendants from the Somogyi/Newman Family
Next, Mark S. Frank, President of Kol Israel Foundation gave his remarks.
Kol Israel President Mark Frank
Memorial Co-Chair Avi Goldman introduced Erika B. Rudin-Luria, President of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.
Erika B. Rudin-Luria President of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Rabbi Pinchas Landis then gave a powerful address.
Rabbi Pinchas Landis
Next Charles Gruenspan led the Tehillim.
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Charles Gruenspan then sang Kol Mole Rachamim.
Rabbi Pinchas Landis led the Mourner's Kaddish.
Rabbi Pinchas Landis
Mark Frank and Avi Goldman concluded the Memorial.
Mark Frank and Avi Goldman
Veterans march out of the memorial
After the ceremony, Holocaust survivors in attendance gathered for a group photo.
Holocaust Survivors at Kol Israel Memorial
The Memorial included more than a dozen motorcycle riders from the Shul Boys. Shul Boys is a casual unisex motorcycle riding club comprised of Jews who ride all brands of motorcycles at different levels of competence. They believe in, and are proud of, their Jewish heritage and ride motorcycles. Shul Boys is located in northeastern Ohio, mainly in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland. ShulBoys is an official affiliate club under the umbrella of the Jewish Motorcycle Alliance (JMA).
Ian Abrams, President and Founder of the Shul Boys attended the Kol Israel Memorial on his 1937 Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Shul Boys founder Ian Abrams and his 1937 Harley Davidson
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