- Cambridge Peace Commission
Please join us for the Annual Commemoration of the Holocaust
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 • 7 to 9 PM • Temple Beth Shalom, 8 Tremont St., Cambridge
Recalling all who perished during the Holocaust, this year’s program features an evening of music, candle lighting, and remembrance.
The guest speaker is Dr. Sylvia Smoller. Dr. Smoller was born in Poland to Aleksander and Ola Hafftka, and her father worked for the Ministry of the Interior. In 1938, he was forced out of the government by the growing anti-Semitism in Poland, yet even after the German invasion that started World War II the next year, he was reluctant to abandon his country. However, as a six-year-old child, Dr. Smoller fled with her parents to Lithuania. In 1940, the family escaped again – this time from Russian-occupied Lithuania via Moscow, Siberia, and finally Japan. Their journey was only possible with the help of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who issued transit visas to thousands of fleeing refugees against the orders of his government. Over a year after leaving Warsaw, her family arrived in the United States.
Music will be provided by cellist Shaheen Lavie-Rouse and the Cambridge Community Chorus. Roma poetry will be shared by Margareta Matache.
The program is free, open to all, and wheelchair accessible. It welcomes all communities of Cambridge – including children and adults and people of all faiths and traditions.
Temple Beth Shalom is located just off Broadway at 8 Tremont St., between Hampshire St. and Broadway (Tremont St. is one block east of Prospect St., between Central and Inman squares). Limited free parking is available.
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The Cambridge Peace Commission promotes peace and social justice within Cambridge and in the wider world. The Commission works with other municipal agencies, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations, and the community as a whole to build connections and strengthen relationships, and to promote positive dialogue and foster understanding.
The Commission fosters a community where differences and diversity are understood and celebrated, so that all residents can contribute to making Cambridge an equitable and peaceful community. It pays special attention to traumatic events and violence affecting Cambridge and its residents, and coordinates and supports compassionate community responses to support recovery and healing.
The Commission supports Cambridge’s Sister City relationships, including those with: Les Cayes, Haiti; San José Las Flores, El Salvador; and Yerevan, Armenia. It also celebrates Cambridge residents and local efforts with recognition programs and events, and raises awareness about local and global peace and social justice issues through educational forums, discussions, and presentations.
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The Peace Commission works in three main areas:
- Addressing Violence and Promoting Peace in the Community
- Supporting Diversity, Building Connections and Relationships and Recognizing Peacemakers
- Connecting with the Community and Connecting Cambridge with the Wider World
To learn more about the work of the Peace Commission visit the "Programs and Services" page.
To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit the "About Us" page.
In 2014 and 2015, the Peace Commission has continued its work with other municipal agencies, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations, and the broader community to build connections, promote constructive dialogue, and foster community.
To learn more about the recent work of the Peace Commission visit the "Recent Work and Accomplishments" page.
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