2010-04-09 / Community

‘Adopt-A-Kaddish’ At Temple Beth-El

“Of the six million Jewish souls who perished in the Holocaust, one and a half million were children. Few details of their young lives are known; their lives extinguished before they had a chance to grow,” says a spokesperson for Temple Beth-El in Rockaway Park.

“It is a tradition that family members will forever honor the memory of those who have passed with a memorial prayer, a Kaddish as the prayer is known in Hebrew,” the spokesperson explains. “For most of these one and a half million children there are no remaining family members, as the families perished in the Holocaust as well.” “Adopt-a-Kaddish,” a new initiative of Temple Beth-El will debut on Sunday night, April 11. Adoptee parents who accept the serious responsibility are provided with biographical information of the perished child. Spiritually, the children once again live in the love and memory of a family.

Temple Beth-El invites the entire community to come to a Holocaust commemoration service this Sunday night at 7 p.m. when several of the adopted children will be honored with memorial candles for the first time. More children are waiting for adoption, the spokesperson says, adding that those who want to adopt a child who perished in the Holocaust should contact Temple Beth-El.

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