Macon-Bibb Holocaust Memorial planned for Sunday

A memorial candle-lighting ceremony and contemplative readings will mark Sunday’s Macon-Bibb Holocaust Memorial at Temple Beth Israel.

Sally N. Levine, executive director of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust who also is a regional educator for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, will be the guest speaker.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission is hosting a reception following the annual observance at 7 p.m. at the temple at 892 Cherry St., according to a Macon-Bibb County news release.

Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Larry Schlesinger, rabbi of Temple Beth Israel, invites the public to reflect on the deaths of 6 million Jews at the hands of the Nazis.

“This was a horror that affected our entire world, and we must remain vigilant against hatred, persecution and tyranny, and dedicated to the principles of individual freedom in our country,” Schlesinger said.

Mayor Robert Reichert will declare April 12-19 as Days of Remembrance in the community.

The annual Holocaust observance is sponsored by Temple Beth Israel, Congregation Sha’arey Israel, the Macon Chapter of Hadassah, and the Macon-Middle Georgia Federation of Jewish Charities.