Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills to rededicate Holocaust Memorial Window

Holocaust Window Rededication at Beth Shalom-Blue Hills
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Holocaust Memorial Window to be rededicated at Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills

Window to serve as a focal point of remembrance and a centerpiece for Holocaust education

Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills will rededicate its Holocaust Memorial Window at its new and permanent home, the congregation’s synagogue at 18 Shoolman Way (off Lodge St.) in Milton on Sunday, April 8th at 2:00 p.m.

The window was designed and created by renowned stained-glass artist David Holleman in 1986 for Temple Shalom of Milton, formerly at 180 Blue Hill Avenue. It has resided there under the care and protection of the Concord Baptist Church, the current owners of the property. Meanwhile Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills, the result of a merger of Temple Shalom with Temples Adas Shalom and Beth El, both of Quincy, built a new home on land donated by Marvin and Andrea Gordon off Lodge Street in Milton.

The new synagogue was dedicated in May of 2016, and it included a planned space for the Holocaust Memorial Window. With the support of the community and a successful fundraising campaign which drew some media attention, the synagogue was able to have the window moved and installed in its new home.

The rededication of the newly-backlit window will include appropriate musical pieces, survivors’ recollections of the Holocaust, reminiscences of commissioning and receiving the window, remarks by clergy and temple officials, and prayers of mourning. The synagogue’s other artifacts of the Holocaust will also be on display. The public is invited, but RSVP are required from all who plan to attend. Parking is limited at the synagogue, with overflow parking on nearby Pleasant Street. There is no parking allowed on Lodge or Maitland Streets.

It is hoped that this meaningful and beautiful work of art will serve as a focal point of remembrance and a centerpiece for Holocaust education to the greater community, as a way to promote understanding between Jews and those of other faiths, and as a way to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust are not forgotten by future generations.

Donations to continue support of the congregation’s Holocaust education and other programming are welcome at www.bethshalombluehills.org. The congregation is joining with the Milton Public Library to screen the Holocaust-related film “Labyrinth of Lies” on Thursday, April 12th, at 6:45 p.m. It is free of charge and open to the public.

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For more information about the Holocaust Memorial Window rededication or Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills, or to RSVP, please call 617-698-3394, email [email protected], or visit www.BethShalomBlueHills.org.

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