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PBC students travel to Israel for enlightenment and remembrance

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) 2014 began in the evening of Sunday, April 27 and ends in the evening of Monday, April 28. Scheduled to be inclusive of these times important to those passionate to the Jewish plight for this cause, Sam Rachelson, a junior in the BASA magnet program, and Dylan VanStaden, also a junior in both the Culinary and Information Technology programs, are participating in an educational and enlightening trip, the “March of the Living Trip 2014” from April 23 to May 7, 2014.

Yom HaShoah Day 2010 in Washington D. C.
Photo by Astrid Riecken

“A” rated Boynton Beach Community High School is proud of two of their students. Both Sam and Dylan are officers in the National Honor Society and members of SECME. Sam and Dylan spent a lot of time preparing for this trip as it involved an additional 35 hours of curriculum outside of school. Both students will be travelling as part of the Boca Chapter with about 30 other students, staff and 9 Holocaust survivors, including one who is 90 years old. They will be joining 15,000 participants from 55 different countries.

The trip begins in Poland where they will visit concentration camps including Auschwitz and Birkenau to mark Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day). This year marks the tragic 70th anniversary of Jews being deported from Hungary for the camps. Special ceremonies will be taking place to commemorate this event. The group will then travel to Israel to commemorate Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s 66th Independence Day.)

Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה; "Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day"), known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah (יום השואה) and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day. It was inaugurated in 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. It is held on the 27th of Nisan (April/May), unless the 27th would be adjacent to Shabbat, in which case the date is shifted by a day.

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, April 2014

REF: Wikipedia, the Free Enyclopedia

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