Bayonneâ€™s annual Holocaust Remembrance Service is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, at 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers at 630 Avenue C. The event is sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of Bayonne and the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy, and is hosted by the City of Bayonne. Mayor Mark A. Smith is the honorary chairman of the event.
The featured speaker this year is Fanya Heller. She is a Holocaust survivor, author, and educator whose life story offers hope to all who have suffered through discrimination or the horrors of war. Born into a traditional Jewish family in a small Ukrainian village in 1924, Fanya and her family hid from the Nazi death squads with the help of two Christian rescuers. Beset by hunger, marked for death by her neighbors, and faced with the constant threat of discovery and execution, she survived miraculously to share her message of life and hope.