Yom Hashoah observance at Temple Israel, Daytona Beach
Temple Israel of Daytona Beach will hold a community-wide Yom HaShoah candlelight service on April 27 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, this will be a day of remembrance of those who perished in the Holocaust.
Guest speaker Dr. Bernd Woolschlaeger will share his personal story of life as the son of a decorated Nazi officer who received the Iron Cross from Adolf Hitler. Upon learning of his past, Woolschlaeger disowned his parents and converted to Judaism. Unanswered questions led Woolschlaeger to study Judasim, travel to Israel and embrace Jewish life. His choices tore his German family apart while allowing him to create a life for himself worth living, and to release himself from the sins of his father.
“We want people of all faiths to know what caused him to discover his past, disown his parents and to convert to Judaism and become an active member of the Jewish faith,” said Gloria Max, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties.
There will also be copies of the book “A Convenient Hatred: The history of anti-Semitism” by Phyllis Goldstein that will be given to the first people who attend for a donation of their choosing.
The event is free and open to the public. Temple Israel is located at 1400 South Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach.