Needham Community Yom HaShoah Program


Temple Beth Shalom and Temple Aliyah Holocaust Remembrance Program Film and Discussion: “In Our Own Hands”: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II Both In-Person and Online Participants: Please RSVP by Monday, April 25, 2022 by clicking here. Following the film we will participate in a discussion led by Irv Kempner, Chair of Friends of March of the Living (NE Chapter) and share in prayers of memorial. Online Participants: If you wish to participate online, please view the film on your own (available here.) Please then join us via Zoom at 8:45 pm. To receive a Zoom link, please click here. An inspirational story of courage….During WWII, His Majesty's Jewish Brigade - the only all-Jewish fighting unit in the war – went into combat against and defeated the Nazis. After the war, amidst the chaos and under the noses of the occupying Allied armies, the young Jewish soldiers masterminded a series clandestine operations to assassinate Nazi officers in hiding and engineered the rescue and illegal movement of Holocaust survivors to Palestine. In 1948, Brigade veterans helped organize and lead the fledgling Israel Defense Forces in their new country's War of Independence.


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