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MSU joins in community Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony on April 22

March 28, 2012

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Rabbi Pamela Frydman, director of Holocaust Studies at the Jewish Academy of Religion in Los Angeles, will be the keynote speaker at community events commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, to take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at Montana State University's Strand Union Ballroom.

This year's theme will be "Resistance and Liberation," focusing on courageous resistance by Jews and others to the Nazi agenda.

In addition to Frydman's keynote, there will be a brief interfaith holocaust remembrance service, led by members of the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association, and a selection of other special short speeches and events. The event is free and open to the public, and is appropriate for all ages.

Frydman also is the founding rabbi and spiritual leader of Or Shalom Jewish Community in San Francisco. She is also the first woman president of OHALAH, the international association of Jewish renewal rabbis, and holds many other important positions.

The event observes Yom Hashoa, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, with an internationally recognized date that comes from the Hebrew calendar and corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on that calendar. It also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

The Bozeman commemoration is co-sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association, Congregation Beth Shalom, MSU Jewish Student Association, and the MSU Diversity Awareness Office.

For more information, contact the Diversity Awareness Office at 994-5801, or email diversityawareness@montana.edu.

Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-6507, phenocia.bauerle@montana.edu