Join Charter Oak Cultural Center and special guests for our annual observation of the anniversary of Kristallnacht on Sunday, November 10 at 5:30pm.
On November 9–10, 1938, Nazi leaders unleashed a series of pogroms against the Jewish population in Germany and recently incorporated territories. This event came to be called Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) because of the shattered glass that littered the streets after the murder, vandalism and destruction of Jewish-owned businesses, synagogues, and homes. Some 30,000 Jewish men were rounded up and sent to concentration camps, putting the world on the path to the Holocaust.
This evening of commemoration will feature musical performances by members of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and violinist Hyeyung Yoon. Improv dancer Bonita Weisman will create an original performance piece. Speakers include Charter Oak Executive Director Rabbi Donna Berman, Rabbi Debra Cantor (B’Nai Tikvoh Sholom), Reverend Sandra Cosman (Secretary of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut), Rabbi Andrew Hechtman, and Rabbi Alan Lefkowitz, among others. A Holocaust survivor will be joining the gathering as we remember those we lost and honor those who lived to share their stories.
This moving program will feature song, dance, innovative ritual, and candlelit prayer that highlights our wonderful diversity. Immediately following the Kristallnacht commemoration, there will be a free community supper of soup and bread, provided by the Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford.