Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's in-person Holocaust Memorial service has been cancelled. Our literary competition will still take place as scheduled, and winners will be notified prior to and announced on April 19th at 3:00pm.
In place of the in-person service, we will be releasing a brief video ceremony along with links for online resources to remember and honor the victims of this terrible tragedy.
The service is typically held at a different location each year. The service usually lasts one to one and a half hours. Dress should be appropriately respectful for a house of worship. The intention for the service is to be welcoming to all faiths and people who wish to remember the lives that were lost during the Holocaust, and are committed to strive to obliterate injustice wherever it is found.
The ceremony usually includes:
- Appropriate musical passages
- Welcome and Benediction
- Proclamation and presentation by the Mayors of Shreveport and Bossier City
- Lighting 11 candles in memory of the 11 million victims of the Shoah/Holocaust
- Keynote speaker and/or Special program
- Mourners' prayer
- Closing remarks
- An invitation to partake in refreshments and visit with each other at the host location
Red River Radio
Bill Beckett spoke with Rabbi Jana De Benedetti on Red River Radio to discuss the service and literary competition. Listen online here.