Our most prominent Los Angeles city leaders wish you a healthy and joyous Passover with thoughts on the meaning of the holiday and hopeful messages for our Jewish future.
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Tonight is the eve of Yom Kippur. I can already hear that beautiful melody of Kol Nidre — the same melody and the same words that my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and their ancestors experienced over the many past generations. As I enjoy those thoughts, there is one thought that transcends them all — Yom Kippur is the culmination of the Ten Days of Teshuvah. Teshuvah is often taken to mean repentance, but it also means “return.” That one thought starts with a question — “return” to what?
Beginning on the evening of Wednesday, April 7th, and ending on the evening of Thursday, April 8th, Jewish communities throughout the world will commemorate Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a holy day — one in which we remember the approximately six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. It is our sacred duty to remember the victims of the Holocaust.
The Federation, along with their partners at IKAR, organized and connected a vast network of synagogues and rabbis throughout the city to create a one-of-a-kind event. It brought together Jews across Los Angeles to observe one of our most cherished traditions.