CARMEL -- Carmel's annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony will not be canceled this year, but it will be different.
With COVID-19 restrictions in place, the event will be presented on Facebook at noon on April 24.
The Ceremony is part of Holocaust Remembrance Day and honors victims of the Holocaust. This historical event includes a Civic Proclamation by Mayor Brainard and other special guest speakers. Every year, students from area schools participate in the event, which also features musical performances.
The composer of Vedem, Lori Laitman, will deliver the keynote presentation in a pre-recorded talk. She will speak about the Terezin concentration camp and the experience of those who created the underground newspaper, Vedem and how Holocaust survivor Sidney Taussig buried the manuscript and later dug it up.
Laitman developed a strong, personal friendship with Taussig while writing the music 10-years ago.
The program will include Mayor Jim Brainard, Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, Rabbi Stanley Halpern of Congregation Beth Shalom, Rabbi Justin Kerber of Congregation Beth Shalom, City Councilman Miles Nelson, representing the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations, and Carmel Clay School Superintendent Dr. Michael Beresford.
Musical performances by Cantor Arnie Lewin, Shaarey Tefilla member; Cantor Melissa Cohen, the Carmel United Methodist Church Bell Choir, the University High School of Indiana Vocal Quintet, and Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists Laura Zahn,
Felipe Prado and Andrew Pham.
The service at noon on the 24th can be viewed at: www.facebook.com/CityofCarmel/