Holocaust survivor to speak at local Yom HaShoah Service

Phoenix resident and Holocaust survivor George Kalman will be the featured guest speaker at Beth Ami Temple’s Yom HaShoah service 7:30 pm on Friday, April 19, in Paradise Valley.

Mr. Kalman’s speaking engagement will take place during the regular Friday night service, which the congregation’s Rabbi Arthur Abrams has dedicated as a Yom HaShoah Remembrance service.

It is one of many events planned for Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Beginning the evening of Wednesday, April 15, the local Jewish community will join many others across the United States in observing the solemn occasion with a multitude of events taking place at various congregations and locations. This day commemorates the lives and heroism of the Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945.

Mr. Kalman is one of the fortunate European Jews to have survived the Holocaust. He was just nine years old in 1944 when his entire family was transported via rail car from his small Hungarian village to a Nazi slave labor camp in Austria.

Over six million Jews in Europe perished by the end of World War II.
In addition to speaking at Beth Ami’s Shabbat service, Mr. Kalman will speak at the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association Yom HaShoah Commemoration at Congregation Beth Israel on Sunday, April 19.

Mr. Kalman retired from Motorola about 14 years ago and now spends his time teaching Torah at Beth Ami Temple, playing bridge and talking to local students as a speaker for the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association.

Beth Ami Temple (located inside Palo Cristi Church) is 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley.

Admission is free, but reservations are asked. Call 602-956-0805 or admin@bethamitemple.org.

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Why we remember the Holocaust: View a short video at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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